Year group at Mark Hall Academy told to stay off after teacher contracts Covid-19

Education: Secondary / Mon 9th Nov 2020 at 09:31am

A WHOLE year group at Mark Hall Academy has been told not to return after half term after a member of staff contracted Covid-19.

The Headteacher wrote to parents on Sunday afternoon to detail the swift action the school was taking.

“Dear Parents/Carers, Unfortunately, we have had a positive case of Covid-19 amongst one of our teachers, which was diagnosed this weekend.

Thankfully the impact on students has been minimal because 2 m distancing has been maintained in classrooms and staff/students wear masks in communal areas.

However, this has meant that several staff and a few students have had to self-isolate. Students/parents have all been contacted if they are directly affected by this case. 

This impact of this case does mean that we only have a skeleton staff in the academy and do not have enough adults to teach and supervise all year groups.

Therefore, I have had to make the decision to ask the whole of Year 8 to stay at home from Monday 9th November for the rest of the week.

Students in Year 8 will return to the academy on the 16th November.

We will revert to blended learning next week, which will be a mixture of work through narrated powerpoints and other tasks.

All Year 8 pupils will still receive their full timetable, but this will be delivered via their TEAMS accounts.

 I do hope that you understand this is not an easy decision for me to make but for the safety and wellbeing of our pupils it is necessary. 

If you have any queries about Covid procedures then please do not hesitate to contact myself. 

If you have any queries regarding online learning/ laptops or how to arrange for free school lunches to be provided, if your child is entitled to these, then please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

“I would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter”.

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