Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to inform you that we have had further cases of COVID-19 in relation to Year 7 and Year 10 students at Wilmington Academy. As a preventative measure, and following guidance from the Department of Education and clinicians from Public Health England, we have decided to ask all Year 7 and Year 10 students to self-isolate until Monday 30 November.
As with the previous cases we have taken steps to act quickly to reduce the risk of cross-transmission within the wider academy, in addition to self-isolating all Year 7 and Year 10 students.
With regard to your child’s education, we will be providing online learning for all students that are in self isolation. Please copy and paste into your browser to access our Distance Learning Portal https://sites.google.com/wilmingtonacademy.org.uk/wadistancelearning/home
Where possible, lessons will be live or pre-recorded. However, some lessons will be based on Google slides, please bear in mind that some staff are also self-isolating and working from home.
This has been a really difficult decision to make but ultimately we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of students and the wider school community.
The current situation is particularly challenging as we are also facing staff shortages across various areas of the school which is unfortunately having an impact on the ability to deliver some back-office services. I would like to thank parents for their patience during this period and apologise in advance if you have to wait longer than usual for a response from us. We will of course return services to normal as soon as practically possible.
We will continue to operate Year 8 and Year 9 as normal in line with our COVID secure guidelines whilst delivering an online curriculum to the other year groups.
Post 16 Students
Post-16 students will be required to attend the academy for lessons only. On site study and form periods will be discontinued for this module for Year 12 and Year 13. Further information will be provided following this letter.
Finally, I would like to remind all parents that should your child become unwell with COVID-like symptoms they should not be sent into school and you should instead obtain a test as soon as possible and inform the school of the result. If someone in your household has symptoms or tests positive then you should ensure that all members of the household stay in isolation for 14 days in line with the national guidance.
Michael Gore | Principal