All pupils at Padiham Green, Lancashire, will move to home learning from tomorrow. The school will not reopen to students until after the Easter break on April 12. The school said the decision has “not been taken lightly” and comes after consultation with the Department for Education, the local authority and school governors.

The Covid outbreak at the school is said to be affecting “increasing numbers” of pupils and staff.

A statement on the school’s website read: “Due to an increasing number of positive cases of Covid at Padiham Green amongst both children and staff, after consultation with the DfE and the Local Authority, the Governing Board has taken the decision to move to home learning for all pupils after school today until the Easter Holidays. 

“Our teachers, therefore, will return to online learning until this Friday and the remaining four school days will add to the natural circuit breaker of the two week Easter holiday. 

“We will return to learning in school, on Monday April 12 2021.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and it is simply based on the risk assessment of increasing numbers of positive cases of COVID here at Padiham Green and the impact on everyone’s safety.

“SAFETY has been our priority from Day One of this crisis and it is SAFETY that has led to us making this decision to move to home learning today and SAFETY will continue to be our priority.”

Children across the country returned to school earlier this month after months of enforced home-schooling. 

Schools in England opened for all age groups on March 8. 

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