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Unfortunately I am writing to confirm that the academy has had its second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 this afternoon.
The member of staff in question has limited contact with students and has not attended school since Monday, 12th October 2020. They were tested the following day and received the positive result this afternoon. Based on the advice we have been given no students are close contacts and therefore do not need to self-isolate. We are bound by statutory guidance to take advice from PHE and, therefore, hope you understand the decision that has been taken is in line with that advice.
Our immediate thoughts are with the staff member and their family and we wish them a speedy recovery.
I fully anticipate that this will be the start of an ongoing scenario where community, staff and student cases appear and, whilst I fully appreciate the level of concern around yourselves and your children, I sincerely ask you not to phone school based around rumours or social media commentary.
PHE advice and our view is no student needs to be absent from school, however if you have specific concerns around a child with underlying health issues/medical conditions please contact your child’s Head of Year (Contact details are on the academy website).
As throughout this pandemic, we have communicated with you frequently and in a timely manner, and we will continue to do this, even on a daily basis should it be necessary. We have very robust systems and structures at school and we are as confident as we can be that the levels of hygiene and safety procedures are robust and effective as possible.
All of our decisions will always take into consideration the safety and welfare of all our staff, students, families and wider community.
At this time we would like to remind all parents that we continue to strongly advise that students continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas when moving about the academy.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Mr M Jobling