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28 coronavirus cases linked to Elgin Academy

By Jonathan Clark

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A NUMBER of cases of coronavirus have been linked to Elgin Academy in the last few weeks.

NHS Grampian confirmed that the school, which was closed on Monday, has been associated with 28 cases of the virus.

A spokesperson for NHS Grampian said: “We are aware of 28 cases associated with Elgin Academy since April 10.

“Public Health is working closely with Moray Council and the school’s management.”

Moray Council's head of education Vivienne Cross wrote an email to parents earlier this week, in which she confirmed one other Moray school had confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The letter added: “We anticipated a rise in the number of cases as all secondary school pupils returned to full-time in-school learning.

"This is being experienced, and is having an impact. We are setting out the expectations of our learners, both in and out of school, and collectively we can minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus and reduce any disruption to in-school learning.

"Those who are being asked by public health to isolate have access to remote learning, and we commend our schools’ ability to action this quickly for pupils.

“We fully understand the extended restrictions are difficult, particularly when the weather is improving.

"However, if we do not all work together and follow the advice, unfortunately we will see the impact on the day-to-day running of our schools and disruption to learning.

“We are assured by public health colleagues that the mitigations in place in our schools are robust, and we will continue with all enhanced cleaning regimes and safety measures.”

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