A member of staff at an academy has tested positive – the news comes just days after a student at the same academy tested positive. Around 100 students at JCB Academy in Rocester were told, last week, to self-isolate for 14 days after one student tested positive for Covid-19.
A member of staff at an academy has tested positive – the news comes just days after a student at the same academy tested positive.
Around 100 students at JCB Academy in Rocester were told, last week, to self-isolate for 14 days after one student tested positive for Covid-19.
The academy itself was temporarily closed on Friday (September 4) after the student tested positive.
Then on Tuesday (September 8), parents were informed that a member of staff at the academy has also tested positive for Covid-19, which has resulted in three members of staff also being told to self-isolate.
JCB Academy Principal Jenny McGuirk said: “The JCB Academy was closed on Friday as a precaution after a single student tested positive for Covid-19.
“The academy has taken advice from Public Health England and the Staffordshire Covid-19 Response Team to mitigate the risk from this confirmed isolated case.
“Through track and trace, academy staff have worked throughout the day to contact the families of students believed to have been in contact with the individual who has tested positive.
“As a result, around 100 students have now been asked to self-isolate for the next 14 days.
“We have taken swift and decisive action to mitigate any risks and the measures we have taken go above and beyond the advice given to us from Public Health England.”
Mrs McGuirk added: “In the meantime, the JCB Academy reopened on Monday for the remaining 700 students.
“Those who are self-isolating will be able to access learning on Google Classroom for their lessons.
“Ahead of the start of the new term, robust measures were put in place, including compulsory hand sanitising, wearing of face masks between classrooms and the creation of class and year group bubbles.”
Then in a letter to parents on Tuesday (September 8), a representative for JCB Academy said: “As part of our commitment to communicate with you directly on any coronavirus developments, I wanted to inform you that one member of academy staff has tested positive with Covid-19.
“The member of staff’s symptoms developed on Sunday and the individual is recovering well at home.
“Public Health England guidelines determine that anyone who came into contact with this member of staff in the preceding 48 hours needs to self-isolate.
“As the academy was closed on Friday, this latest development does not affect learners at all and no additional learners will need to self-isolate.
“It does mean that three members of staff who came into contact with the colleague on Friday will need to self-isolate. Their lessons will be covered in the customary way.”
JCB Academy, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and was the brainchild of Lord Bamford, teaches 13 to 19-year-olds with a core focus on engineering.
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