Additional support needs service closed due to Covid, as cases revealed at schools in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Leven

A department for pupils with additional support needs at a Glenrothes school has closed due to a Covid-19 case.

Rimbleton Primary School’s pupil support service was one of four Fife schools where new cases of coronavirus revealed over the last two days have resulted in children having to isolate.

As several staff were deemed to have been in close contact with the person who contracted the virus the service will close until November 18.

A further case was also confirmed in the Bilsland Road mainstream primary school, the second there since the start of this term.

Three people linked with Balwearie High School, in Kirkcaldy, one with Kirkcaldy North Primary School and another linked with Parkhill Primary School, Leven, also have Covid-19.

All who tested positive had been in school during their infectious period.

NHS Fife said the Rimbleton pupil support service was “closed until November 18 due to staffing issues after a number were identified as contacts and instructed to isolate”.

It has four classes and is attended by 21 primary age pupils with significant additional learning needs from Glenrothes and the surrounding area.

Fife Council’s head of education children’s services, Shelagh McLean, said: “Children may also be attending their own local schools at different times over the course of the week.

“Unfortunately the part of the pupil support service that is provided at Rimbleton has had to close for now, as staffing levels would be too low to provide the appropriate support for the young people.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and the Rimbleton centre is due to reopen on Tuesday, November 18.”

The cases came amid a spike in infections in the region, which has resulted in routine visiting being suspended in hospitals, where some patients are severely ill with the virus.

On Thursday, NHS Fife director of public health, Dona Milne, spoke of a “growing number” of infections in recent weeks said: “It is clear that we have considerable spread of the virus within our communities in Fife.”

Revealing the school cases, NHS Fife said its public health Test and Protect team was carrying out contact tracing at the schools.

Three people were in Balwearie High School while infectious with Covid-19.

It said: “Close contacts have been identified and instructed to isolate as a precaution.”

It also stressed that more than one case in a school did not necessarily indicate transmission within the school but could be relate to siblings or be separate incidents of community-acquired infection.

Parents were referred to sections on the websites of NHS Fife and Fife Council for further information about Covid in schools.

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Kirkcaldy – The Courier