A further six schools with positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on Thursday.

Lincolnshire County Council said on October 29 that it is working with 97 schools and 12 nurseries with COVID-19 infections.

The latest schools to be added to the council’s list on Thursday are: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (Alford), Sturton by Stow Primary School, Wyberton Primary School (Boston), Burton Hathow Preparatory School (Lincoln) and Huttoft Primary and Nursery School (Alford).

Giles Academy in Old Leake, which is not yet on the council’s list, confirmed on Sunday that a student in Year 10 had tested positive for coronavirus. That student has been self-isolating with his family since October 16 due to a family member being symptomatic.

In a follow-up letter later the same day, the school confirmed that there was also a positive COVID-19 case of a student in Year 8. A decision was made to isolate the Year 8 cohort, with those students able to return to school on November 6.

Friskney All Saints C O E Primary School also reportedly has a case and the school was contacted for confirmation, but there was no reply by the time of publication.

Hawthorn Tree School (Boston), Woodlands Academy (Spilsby), Springwell Alternative Academy (Grantham), St George’s Academy (Ruskington), Little Learners Pre-School (Lincoln) and YPLP (Lincoln) are the schools currently closed.

Blyton cum Laughton CE Primary School, Community Learning in Partnership (Gainsborough), Lincoln St Christopher’s Special School, Harlaxton Primary School (Grantham), St Nicholas Primary (Boston), Swinderby All Saints Primary School and University Academy Holbeach were removed from the council’s list on Thursday as they are no longer active cases with Public Health England.

Tony McGinty, consultant in public health, said: “As of this morning, Lincolnshire’s Health Protection Team is currently working with 97 schools that have had confirmed cases of coronavirus.

“All schools continue to report the situation to us and are taking action to limit the potential spread of the virus when schools return – this will mean some pupils and staff self-isolating as a precaution where necessary during half term. Because of the length of isolation periods involved this may affect return to school for some people.

“Like the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has seen case numbers rise in recent weeks, and an increasing number of schools affected.

“However, the majority of schools will fully open next week, and those affected are working really well to limit both the risk of the virus spreading and the impact on the pupils’ education.”

Schools with current confirmed cases (new in bold at the top):

  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
  • Sturton by Stow Primary School
  • Wyberton Primary School
  • Burton Hathow Preparatory School
  • Huttoft Primary and Nursery School
  • Giles Academy, Old Leake
  • Lincoln College
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough
  • Hackthorn Primary School
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School
  • Lincoln Castle Academy
  • Lincoln Carlton Academy
  • Bluecoat Meres Academy, Grantham
  • Kesteven and Grantham Girls School
  • Barrowby Primary School
  • Billingborough Primary School
  • The Priory Academy LSST
  • Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham
  • Boston College
  • Hawthorn Tree School, Boston (closed)
  • Haven High Academy, Boston
  • Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford
  • St George’s Academy, Sleaford
  • St Peter and St Paul Academy, Lincoln
  • Kirkstone House School, Baston
  • Stamford Endowed Schools
  • Manor Leas Junior School, Lincoln
  • St Hugh’s Catholic Primary, Lincoln
  • Ermine Academy, Lincoln
  • St Giles Academy, Lincoln
  • Branston Community College Academy
  • Grantham College
  • Kelsey Primary School
  • Birchwood Junior School, Lincoln
  • Great Steeping Primary School, Spilsby
  • Walton Academy, Grantham
  • Woodlands Academy, Spilsby (closed)
  • Skegness Academy
  • Castle Wood Academy, Gainsborough
  • The King’s School, Grantham
  • Westgate Academy, Lincoln
  • William Farr School, Welton, Lincoln
  • Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, Lincoln
  • Kisimul School Acacia Hall, Freisthorpe
  • Leslie Manser Primary, Lincoln
  • Long Sutton Primary School
  • Market Deeping Community Primary
  • Springwell Alternative Academy, Grantham (closed)
  • Grantham Preparatory International School
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle
  • St Michael’s Primary School, Thorpe on the Hill
  • University Academy Long Sutton
  • Denton Primary School, Grantham
  • Bridge House Independent School, Boston
  • Charles Read Academy, Grantham
  • De Aston School, Market Rasen
  • The Lancaster School, Lincoln
  • The St Sebastian Primary School, Grantham
  • Waddington All Saints Academy
  • Bourne Academy
  • Claypole Primary School
  • St George’s Academy, Ruskington (closed)
  • Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford
  • Louth Academy
  • Boston Grammar School
  • Hartsholme Academy, Lincoln
  • Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School
  • Holbeach Primary Academy
  • Priory Pembroke Academy, Cherry Willingham
  • Little Learners Pre-School, Lincoln (closed)
  • The Deepings School
  • Spalding High School
  • Manor Farm Academy, North Hykeham
  • Scampton Primary School
  • Sutterton Fourfields Primary School, Boston
  • St Botolph’s Primary School, Sleaford
  • Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, Spalding
  • King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby
  • Kirkby on Bain Primary School
  • Spalding Parish School
  • The National Junior School, Grantham
  • William Alvey School, Sleaford
  • Barnes Wallis Academy, Tattershall
  • Bourne Grammar School
  • Spalding Academy
  • Tedder County Primary School, Ashby de la Launde, Lincoln
  • Alford Primary School
  • Caistor Grammar School
  • St Thomas CE Primary Academy, Boston
  • White Wood’s Academy, Gainsborough
  • Scotter Primary School
  • Village pre-school at Manor Farm, North Hykeham
  • Bardney CE Primary School
  • Wragby Primary School
  • Linchfield Primary School, Deeping St James
  • The Gainsborough Parish Church CE Primary School
  • Thomas Cowley High School, Spalding
  • YPLP, Lincoln (closed)

Public Health are also aware of the following 12 nurseries with positive cases (new in bold at the top):

  • Smartie Pants Day Nursery, Mablethorpe
  • Town and Country Kiddies Nursery, Louth
  • Seashells Nursery, Mablethorpe
  • Angels Childcare, Lincoln
  • Little Learners Nursery, Skegness
  • Nutwood Day Nursery, Lincoln
  • Clarence House Day Nursery, Grantham
  • Little Acorns Day Nursery, Boston
  • Elsaforde Nursery, Sleaford
  • Sunflowers Nursery, Saxilby
  • Mon Ami Day Nursery, Alford
  • Young Tots Nursery, Lincoln

North East Lincolnshire

There are 31 schools, pre-schools/early years and other education settings with active cases in North East Lincolnshire, according to the latest available data provided on Monday, October 26.

Meanwhile, Cleethorpes Academy sent a letter to parents/carers on Thursday stating that all students must wear a suitable face covering when travelling to and from school and when in corridors and other communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be observed.

This will be discussed with all students on Monday, November 2, who may remove the coverings in all classrooms.

North Lincolnshire

There have been at least seven schools with cases in North Lincolnshire since term restarted.

However, North Lincolnshire Council said it was unable to provide any data regarding schools in the region with coronavirus cases.

Leaders the councils in North and North East Lincolnshire have reacted to the news that their regions will move into tier 2 (high) lockdown from 12.01am on Saturday, October 31.

The two regions, along with Kingston Upon-Hull and East Riding, move up a level, with Grimsby having the highest infection rates in Greater Lincolnshire. The measures will be reviewed after 14 days.

Northern Lincolnshire will receive an additional £1 million in financial support. This is on top of the business support package announced by the Chancellor last week for businesses in tier two areas.

Lincolnshire will remain on tier 1 restrictions for now, but Nottinghamshire, including Lincoln’s neighbours Newark, will move into tier 3 (very high) restrictions at 12.01am on Friday, October 30.

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’d like to thank the government for working with us offer support to our local communities and businesses.

“We know that this is a difficult time, especially for the most vulnerable. In our dialogue with government, we stressed the importance of being able to develop innovative ways of maintaining safe visiting arrangements for care homes in particular, and we hope to have some news on that issue soon.

“Like other areas of England, we also pressed home the importance for the government to be clear on effective de-escalation processes for authorities lifted into higher tiers, with built in and regular review arrangements.

“We are grateful for the financial support provided by the Government. Coupled with the latest business support package announced by the Chancellor, government has acknowledged our request for prompt access to these funds so we can provide that all important support to our local businesses.

“This is a challenging situation, and will understandably cause concern, but I would urge everyone in the borough to stay strong and keep going during the difficult weeks and months ahead.

“Our new tier 2 classification is a reflection of the change in infection rate across our authority area. COVID-19 isn’t going away just yet, but there’s lots you can do to help reduce the spread.”

In North East Lincolnshire, weekly case rates stand at 320 people per 100,000. This increases to 402 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 225 per 100,000 in the over 60s.

Councillor Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Whilst infection rates in North Lincolnshire remains lower than in many parts of the country, we have still experienced a rising number of positive cases in most recent weeks particularly among those aged over 59. These are among the groups most at risk.

“It is this, the very real risk to our older residents, our mums, our dads, our grandmothers and grandfathers, which has caused most concern and led us to be move up a tier in the Local Covid Alert Levels.

“I would urge everyone in North Lincolnshire to follow the guidance in order to protection the most vulnerable people in our communities and not only avoid tougher measures being introduced but go back to Medium.

“I understand this requires sacrifices, especially families not being allowed to meet socially indoors, but if we all play our part we can reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and return North Lincolnshire to the lowest alert level.

“Now would be a good time to download and complete the council’s Personal Covid-Secure Plan designed to help people put in place measures to stop the spread of the virus.

“There will be some impact upon people’s lives and upon a number of businesses but we have secured access to immediate Government monies to help those businesses navigate these uncertain times.”

In North Lincolnshire, weekly case rates stand at 196 people per 100,000. This increases to 272 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 131 per 100,000 in the over 60s.

The restrictions for tier 2 – high – lockdown.

For the tier 2 areas, the following lockdown measures will be in place:

  • people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • people must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
  • people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • if people need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

Dr Peter Melton, North East Lincolnshire CCG’s senior clinician, said: “While the new restrictions may seem tough, we are fighting a virus that thrives on togetherness. Getting together with people outside your household could well make one, some, or all of you extremely ill.

“Whilst we know more about the virus now, we’re still learning, and we need people to adhere to the new rules around not meeting up inside each other’s houses. By doing this, we will help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The owners of a tea room in Lincoln were left horrified by a break-in and nearly decided to close, but the support and kindness from their customers is helping them to carry on.

Lady Rose’s Edwardian Tea Room on Free School Lane was broken into at around 8.30pm on Tuesday, October 27.

The door pane was smashed in with glass everywhere, and vintage china cups and glassware damaged. The till containing £90 was taken and the overall cost of the damage done was around £500.

Alan Rhodes, 37, from Allness Close in Lincoln has been charged with an offence of burglary. He has been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on January 21, 2021.

Husband and wife Chris and Nicki Fairey, opened the tea room at the Assembly Rooms five years ago before moving to their current premises on Free School Lane 12 months later.

They were forced to cancel their bookings for Wednesday before reopening on Thursday.

Chris told The Lincolnite: “I got a text from a customer who saw it on their way to work the following morning (Wednesday).

“We were absolutely horrified. We live 12 miles out of Lincoln so were preparing to come to work with a sense of panic as to what state it was in, how much they’d damaged and what was taken.

“What really upset us most of all is we were fully booked for the first time and people were travelling from a fair distance for celebrations and we had to cancel the bookings due to awaiting repairs and with cleaning up to do, there was glass everywhere.”

Coronavirus has had a big impact on the business and the threat of closure remains. Measures are in place, including amended opening times and a bookings only system.

The couple also saw their application for funding from the Arts Council declined due to being a partnership and not a limited company, despite putting on entertainment such as musical events and poetry readings.

The kindness of customers and supporters has helped them through the pandemic. Their friends Jade and Dan Hadfield, set up a GoFundMe page after the incident and have so far raised over £800.

A 16-year-old girl who works doing the dishes for the tea room on Saturdays was keen to help clear up the damage and came in especially on Wednesday to support the owners.

Chris added: “Yesterday (Wednesday) we felt like throwing the towel in, but the kindness, love, support and encouragement we have received helps us to keep going.

“COVID-19 is ruining us. We’ve just about managed to break even since March, meeting the costs but we have not been able to reinvest or pay ourselves in that time.

“The support will help us going a bit longer and has persuaded us to carry on, but the threat of closure is still there. We love our customers to bits, they are not just customers, but friends and family.

“We don’t want to let them down, but my health is deteriorating and we can’t sustain things under these conditions forever, so this is continually under review.”

Meanwhile, the Christmas Carol event that runs every Sunday afternoon from the end of November until Christmas will still go ahead as planned.

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