Devon school closes due to number of Covid-19 cases

A school in Devon has closed due to a high number of Covid-19 cases. Atlantic Academy in Bideford announced this evening that it will be closed on Friday and possibly Monday.

This comes hours after the school confirmed several new positive coronavirus test “within the school community” – and as all Year 7 pupils, as well as some in Year 8 and 9, were already self-isolating.

In a letter sent to parents this afternoon, principal Lynsey Slater said she was “concerned about the number of cases which have developed this week”.

Tonight a statement announcing the temporary closure was posted on the school’s website.

It reads: “Due to an increase in positive Covid-19 cases amongst our pupils, the majority of which have been asymptomatic, we have taken the decision to move our learning online on Friday 20th November.

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“We will seek guidance from the DfE and Public Health England and communicate with parents shortly on the education provision from Monday 23rd November.”

A similar email was sent out to parents.

It reads: “We have tonight received more notifications of positive Covid tests, mainly from pupils who have not shown the expected coronavirus symptoms, we have therefore taken the decision to close the school to pupils on Friday 20th November to review the situation.

“This is not a decision we take lightly; teaching will continue through the google classroom allowing students and teachers to continue their learning journey in these challenging times. If you require access to a chromebook to support your child’s learning, please contact the school office .I will be in touch tomorrow, once further guidance has been sought, to confirm the next steps.”

On Sunday, the school reported two unrelated cases and asked many students to self-isolate.

Devon Live