As you are already aware, in line with advice from Public Health England, we have had to ask significant numbers of students to self-isolate at home in the last few weeks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the wider school community.
Whilst cases have started to slow, we are still receiving confirmation of new infections daily and this combined with staff shortages has made keeping the academy fully open almost impossible.
I have therefore consulted with Public Health England, the Local Authority and the Trust and we have agreed that a partial closure is now the only sensible option to safeguard students, staff and the wider community.
With effect from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November the academy will only be open to the following years.
Year 8, 11, 12 and 13
Students in years 7, 9 and 10 will be asked to follow their normal timetable at home, by undertaking virtual learning activities supported by their teachers.
My expectation currently is that all staff and students will return on to school on Monday 30 November (unless they are still in self-isolation). However, with the rapidly changing environment this may need to be reviewed and we will keep you informed of any changes.
During this partial closure we will be using the opportunity to supplement our already robust cleaning processes by undertaking additional deep cleaning of all areas of the school.
For students studying at home we will be offering a full suite of learning using Google classrooms – live lessons, pre-recorded lessons and assignments. Please ensure your child is ready to start the day as normal following their school timetable structure. Please be aware there will be a further letter to advise you on remote learning as we are aware some students may have difficulties in accessing this.
To support students that are isolating, Wilmington Academy will be preparing food parcels for students that are eligible for free school meals. Each parcel will contain a week’s worth of basic essentials.
If you would like to place an order for a food parcel, please can you email your College Admin Team with the following information by 5:00pm on Tuesday 24 November as items will need to be ordered.
Name of Child:
Parcels will need to be collected from the school reception by parents, a family member/friend who is not self-isolating. Further details will be emailed in regards to date of collection and time.
If you have any questions regarding the food parcel, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s College Admin Team.
I would like to remind all parents/carers that if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via NHS – Ask for a coronavirus Test or by calling 119. All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
It is also vital that if your child does test positive whilst the school is closed that we are informed as soon as possible so that we have a clear picture of cases across the school, especially in the run up to re-opening the academy safely. You can inform us by calling the academy or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I would like to thank parents and carers for their messages of support over the past few weeks, this has been a very challenging time and your patience and understanding is much appreciated.
Michael Gore | Principal