Tamworth’s Wilnecote School closed for deep clean after Covid-19 cases

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A school in Tamworth is closed for the rest of the week after a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The Wilnecote School says it has “taken the difficult decision” to keep everyone safe within the community.

Year 10s were continuing lessons this morning (Wednesday) as part of a partial closure but a complete closure now comes into effect from tomorrow, Thursday, November 19.

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A school statement reads: “We have taken the difficult decision to close the school for the next two days to enable a deep clean of the site to take place.

“This decision has been made in the interests of keeping students, staff and the wider community as safe as possible, due to an increase in positive Covid-19 cases within the school community.

“We are currently liaising with Public Health England and Staffordshire County Council regarding our next steps and we will inform parents and carers as we know what will be happening with regards to opening next week. As always, the safety of our school community is absolutely our main priority.

“Despite students not being on site, our online learning provision is strong. Students continue to follow their usual school timetable, enabling them to access five lessons per day. These are taught remotely by their teachers through a range of blended learning activities.

“The number of students accessing online learning is high and we believe this is vital when supporting students so that they continue to develop academically, whilst also benefiting them by helping to keep them in a regular routine.

“This provides a focus for their day and the opportunity to interact with peers and teachers which helps support their mental health.

“As soon as we know the safest and most appropriate way forward with regard to students being back in our school building, we will inform parents and carers.”

Yesterday (Tuesday) we reported how Landau Forte Academy Amington in Woodland Road had shut to all students apart from vulnerable and year 11 pupils due to staffing issues caused by Covid.

A spokesperson confirmed: “Like many schools across the country, Landau Forte Academy Amington has a number of staff who are not able to work in school at present.

“Unfortunately, this has meant that we have decided to move to a model where only Year 11 students and vulnerable students will be based on our site.

“The rest of our students will continue to receive high-quality education through remote learning.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority as a school, and this is why we have taken this decision. We look forward to welcoming back our students in due time.

“At present we hope to have all students return to the Academy on Monday, December 7. However, this will be reviewed based on the staffing situation in the Academy and any subsequent national guidance from the Government.”





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