Braidburn Primary School and Nursery closes after coronavirus outbreak

The Headteacher at the school said the secondary department will remain open.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 2:14 pm

A nursery and a primary school in Edinburgh have been shut by officials after a number of cases were identified among pupils and staff.

Braidburn School, in the south of the Capital, had previously told parents and carers about a small number of cases, but announced on Wednesday evening that another infection had been reported.

A source close to the school told the Evening News that at least four cases had been confirmed there, adding that a number of staff and students were self-isolating.

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Braidburn School, in the south of the Capital, had previously told parents and carers about a small number of cases, but announced on Wednesday that another infection had been reported.

“Under guidance from NHS Lothian,” Cat Weir, Head Teacher at the school wrote in a letter to parents on Wednesday, “we have now taken the difficult decision…to close our Nursery and Primary departments.”

Ms Weir explained that the measure was a temporary one designed to “minimise risk of further transmission” in the school community.

She also confirmed that the secondary department of the school was “unaffected” and will remain open.

The school will undergo scheduled “enhanced cleaning measures,” with the building being swept with electro-static technology to kill viruses on surfaces.

“During this time, with such stringent measures in place to minimise the spread of the virus, we will do our very best to support aspects of the curriculum for our Nursery and Primary learners where we can.

“Throughout this period of school closure,” Ms Weir continued, “and we will do our utmost to support all our families in keeping our children learning at this time.”

The nursery and primary school are due to reopen on October 6, once the deep-cleaning has been completed.

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