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Emergency School Closure for All Year 8 and Year 9 Students on Thursday 19th & Friday 20th March 2020

posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:49 AM by J Grant   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 6:04 AM ]
17th March 2020
Dear Parent/Carers,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that we are requesting all Year 8 and Year 9 students to remain at home on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020.

This is a precautionary measure in case of increased staff absence, following the Government’s announcement last week.

Any staff shortages would mean that we were unable to adequately supervise students at the required ratios. This is not a risk I am willing to take. Year 8 and Year 9 have been chosen because they are old enough to take responsibility for their own learning during time spent at home. They also have increased access to learning resources using Google Classroom.

We have had a very small number of staff reporting absent today. None have confirmed or suspected cases of Coronavirus. Some have minor flu-like symptoms that the Government are recommending they respond to by self-isolating at home. These are control measures being used as part of the next phase of the Government Action Plan.

At present, there are no plans to extend this measure any further than this week, but of course, we will keep you updated. Please use the school website and official Twitter feed to stay up-to-date. We will also be communicating via ParentMail.

Thank you for your continued support. There is information via Public Health England or our website.

Please contact us if you require any further information. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Yours faithfully,

Mr R Trafford
Principal