With coronavirus cases reportedly on the rise, a number of Isle of Wight primary schools have announced whether they are reopening today (4).
The Isle of Wight Council has confirmed it will follow nation guidance. It means primary schools will open as usual from today (4), except in some circumstances.
Secondary school openings on the Island will continue to be phased over the following 2 weeks.
The Isle of Wight Council says it allow time for the roll out of mass testing in the secondary schools.
What do the schools say?
Haylands Primary School
Haylands has announced the partial closure of year 1 and 4 classes. Some cases have moved to online learning due to staff shortages. Texts have been sent to parents. Breakfast and Afterschool clubs will also cease.
Greenmount Primary School
Greenmount has confirmed the following classes will not required to return to the school today:
- EYFS – both classes
- Year 1 – both classes
- Year 2 Constable
- Year 4 Chagall
- Year 4 Morisot
- Year 5 Ayres
- Year 6 Whiteread
St Thomas of Canterbury
The Newport site is only open for open for Years 5 and 6.
Broadlea Primary School
The school says it can only provide childcare for a very small number of children across Reception (15 pupils), Year 1 and Year 2 (20 pupils), Year 3 and Year 4 (15 pupils), Year 5 (25 pupils). Priority will be given to children of key workers.
Year 6 are expected to attend.
Arreton St Georges Primary
Reception and Years 1, 4 and 5 are not required to attend.
Barton Primary School
Staff shortages mean Freshwater, Yaverland, St. Helens and Bembridge classes will remain home.
Newchurch Primary School
Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 will continue to go into school. Children of key workers for Reception, Year 1 and 3 can attend.
Bembridge Primary School
Open to all year groups.
Queensgate Primary School
Queensgate says it is unsafe to open for all year groups. Priority is being given to key workers and vulnerable pupils. If you would like to book a place you can email [email protected]
Gurnard Primary School
Gurnard Primary is closed due to a development day today (4). The school says, at present, it will open to all year groups tomorrow.
Cowes Primary School
Cowes Primary is open as usual. Parents are reminded to be prompt with collection and drop off time. Only one adult per household can attend.
St Francis Academy, Ventnor
Open to all year groups.
Class 3/4 will need to remain at home.
St Mary's Primary
Reception, Year 3, Year 6 and Preschool children can all attend. Year 2, Year 4 and Year 5 cannot. Year 1 pupils must remain home until at least Thursday.
Carisbrooke CE Primary
Carisbrooke CE is closed due to a development day today (4). At present, the school says it will open to all year groups tomorrow (Tuesday).
Newport CE Primary
Newport CE is closed due to a development day today (4). At present, the school says it will open to all year groups tomorrow (Tuesday).
Summerfields will remain closed for year 6 pupils.
Nine Acres Primary
Nine Acres is open as usual.
The Bay CE Primary, Sandown
The Isle of Wight Council says The Bay CE is partially closed.
The school is open as usual.
Chillerton and Rookley Primary School
Year 2 pupils will need to stay home. Years 3 and 4 are also doing online learning.
Dover Park Primary
Today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) are development days. The school will reopen on Wednesday.
At present, the school is fully open to all year groups.
Niton Primary School
Niton Primary is closed except for year 2 pupils. Vulnerable children and key workers children are still attending in Reception to year 6.
Binstead Primary School
The school is closed for an INSET day today (4). It will open to all pupils in all year groups from tomorrow (5).
Holycross Primary School
Holycross remains open to all year groups. If your child is not attending, you can email [email protected]
The Isle of Wight Council says Brading Primary is partially closed.
The Isle of Wight Council says Hunnyhill is partially closed.
The Isle of Wight Council says Nettlestone is partially closed.
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An Isle of Wight Council Spokesperson said:
“No schools on the Island are fully closed. Some are partially closed due to staff shortages, resulting from a member(s) of staff that has tested positive, or those that are self-isolating due to being a close contact of a positive case and those that are participating in union action.
“Isle of Wight schools will continue to follow the national guidance that the government has published which takes into account all of the scientific evidence. If that advice changes, due to the increasing pandemic, all our Schools will deal with guidance in the same professional manner they have to date.”