Sunderland typically was seen as a relatively safe spot with reference COVID-19 for the majority of the pandemics duration. However, with a recent spike a few weeks ago it has rocketed to the 7th highest coronavirus hotspot in England.

This comes after a charity football match supposedly saw up to 300 people have to self-isolate for 14 days after attending. With this being the case, Sunderland has now become the number 1 coronavirus hotspot in the entire north east region of England.

With this in mind, it is more important now than ever to remain vigilant in and around the Sunderland area, keeping yourself and your family safe is critical to ensuring we prevent the continued spread of the virus.

On top of these shocking figures, certain schools are to be closed as of the 21st of September, with certain year groups having to self-isolate.

The list for which schools have to close and what years specifically have to remain at home is as follows:

  • Fatfield Academy – Year 2 and 3
  • Barnwell Academy – Year 4
  • Gillas Lane – Year 2 and Year 3 & 4 mixed class
  • St Benet’s – Year 4
  • St John Boste – Year 3
  • JFK – One of the Year 3 classes
  • Hill View Infants – Partial Nursery closure, one class in Reception and one class in Year 2
  • East Herrington – Year 4
  • Diamond Hall Juniors – Two of the Year 3 classes
  • Hylton Red House Nursery – 3 and 4-year-old provision
  • Christ College – Year 3, Year 4 and Year 10
  • Portland Academy – Full school closure

If you or your family are going to one of these schools, please ensure you are taking the necessary procedures to keep all children safe from the virus.