An entire year group is currently self-isolating after coronavirus cases at their school.
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Blurton, has ‘closed’ its year 10 ‘bubble’ in an attempt to contain any spread of the virus.
It comes as another year 10 pupil – who is already self-isolating – has this week tested positive for Covid-19.
In a letter to parents, principal Nick Brennan said: “Although we would prefer not to close a whole year group bubble, it is clear that the spread of the virus through year 10 needed to be contained quickly and the only way to do this was to close down the year group. We believe this was the correct course of action under these circumstances.
“It is important to remember that if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must get a test immediately and self-isolate. This means your child must not leave the house during this time and not have contact with anyone outside your household. Your child must not attend school unless they have received a negative test, or they are feeling well after their period of self-isolation.”
The Beaconsfield Drive school has also revealed that a year nine pupil – who was also already self-isolating – has now tested positive for coronavirus. A ‘small number’ of children have now had to self-isolate as a result of the latest case.
The letter continued: “We are currently consulting with Public Health England and closely monitoring the situation.
“Our academy remains open, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well. The safety of all our students is paramount in everything we do.
“I can reassure you that we are following the guidance from Public Health England to ensure we are taking all the necessary precautions, including social distancing, face coverings in communal spaces and increased hygiene and cleaning protocols, to help limit any spread of the virus.”