Family & Education

Lubavitch primary schools shut because of coronavirus

Girls,then boys, school closed on advice from Public Health England


The Lubavitch junior girls and boys schools in Stamford Hill were closed on Monday because of a case of coronarvirus.

Parents of the girls primary were told that it would not open “certainly for the next 24 hours” owing to an outbreak of coronavirus in the community linked to the site.

Initially, the boys school was planning to open but parents were told today that “we have left with no alternative but to close the boys primary school as well” following advice from Public Health England.

Helena Cohen, the interim chief executive of the Lubavitch Multi-Academy Trust, which overseas the two-state primaries,, said on Monday "the school was informed that a pupil in the girls' primary school was being tested for coronavirus.  

"The school contacted the Department for Education helpline and Public Health England immediately. The test was conformed positive."

The schools reopened on Wednesday and Thursdays afternoon for secular classes.

Staff and children who came into contact with the girl who tested positive for the virus remained isolating at home.

The Lubavitch schools had offered " a full programme of online lessons and extra-curricular activities for all pupils since the schools closed," Mrs Cohen added.

"Personalised learning has been in place in kodesh {Jewish studies] and chol [secular lessons] for pupils with educational health care plans. While education for the secondary school pupils remains online, the primary schools are in the transition period of moving away from the daily online learning to education on site."

According  to the Charedi blogger, Ifyoutickleus, two classes at one independent educational institution in Stamford Hill were closed last week because of coronavirus.

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