Corby academy teachers test positive for Covid but no pupils sent home

The teachers and their 'close contacts' have been isolating

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 10:36 am

A Corby academy has confirmed that two of its teachers have tested positive for Covid-19.

The two diagnosed members of staff at Brooke Weston Academy and their 'close contacts' are all isolating at home, however, none of their students have been required to stay off school.

A spokesman for Brooke Weston Academy said: "Brooke Weston Academy can now confirm that two members of teaching staff have been diagnosed with Covid.

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"Close contacts of the staff members affected have been asked to isolate, but, because teaching takes place in socially distanced conditions, no students are having to isolate."

A parent who has a child in Year 9 contacted the Northants Telegraph with their concern that pupils taught by the two Covid positive teachers might have been exposed to the virus in the classroom.

He said: "The children are not in a bubble like in primary school. The teachers go from one class of 30 to another class of 30."

The popular Ofsted outstanding-graded academy has 1,171 pupils on the role ranging from eleven to 18-years-old.

Brooke Weston Academy, Coomb Road, Corby

The letter sent to parents and carers said: "We were notified yesterday that a staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.

"We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide you with advice on how to support your child.

"Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

"We have contacted the member of staff and we have identified any close contacts, they have been asked to isolate in accordance with the guidance."

The spokesman for the academy added: "We would like to reassure parents that all necessary measures are being taken in school to adhere to social distancing guidelines and hygiene protocols.

"We have liaised with Public Health England and sent a letter to parents, which includes the latest Government advice and information. Further updates in relation to Covid-19 have, and will, continue to be posted on the school’s website."