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Tomlinscote School in Frimley shuts at lunchtime after catering staff display virus symptoms

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Tomlinscote School in Frimley shuts at lunchtime after catering staff display virus symptoms

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:50pm 17th March 2020.

Tomlinscote School in Frimley has taken the decision to close at lunchtime today (17 March) after two members of catering staff have displayed symptoms of coronavirus.

As a precaution The Prospect Trust, which runs the school, said all members of the catering team were now self-isolating and the catering areas were closed ahead of being deep cleaned.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the school.

Having closed the catering areas, the school took the decision to shut at 12:45pm today because it would be unable to feed students.

The catering area will remain shut until cleaning has taken place, but the school will reopen as usual tomorrow (18 March).

Parents are being asked to provide packed lunches for their children until the cleaning has been completed and temporary alternative catering arrangements have been brought in.

A drama exam scheduled for this afternoon will take place as planned and other refreshments will be made available to the pupils taking it.

The Prospect Trust's statement on Tomlinscote School in full:

"Earlier this morning, two members of the Chartwells catering team reported feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms.

"In line with guidance from Public Health England, they and their colleagues were sent home to self-isolate.

"A deep clean of the kitchen and catering area is being arranged.

"In consequence, the School was unable to provide any food on-site for children and the decision, supported by the Trust, was taken that in the interests of pupil well-being the School would close at lunchtime today.

"Accordingly, parents have been informed by the School via text, email and social media.

"Provision has been made for the relatively small number of children who are unable to go home at lunchtime today; they will be looked after and food, acquired from a Trust sister Academy, will be provided.

"Taxis have been contacted and informed of this change.

"A drama examination scheduled for this afternoon will take place as per the published timetable; refreshments will be made available to the pupils taking this examination.

"Tomorrow (18 March) and for the rest of this week, the School will be open as normal but all children have been asked to bring a packed lunch.

"Those children in receipt of free school meals will be catered for.

"Further updates on the situation will appear on the School website and other communication channels in due course."