Further to my Covid update letter sent to you on 14th September I am writing again with a further update. We have 36 student and 2 staff confirmed positive cases based on PCR tests, with a number of students awaiting PCR results following positive asymptomatic tests (LFTs).
We have identified a cluster of cases in Year 9 and have been pro-active in testing all Year 9 students on site this week. We currently have 15 confirmed cases in Year 9, and this classes as an ‘outbreak’. Please be reassured that for most children, Covid-19 will be a mild illness. I know that you may find these figures concerning, I want to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are working closely with Leigh Academies Trust, DfE and Public Health England. In liaison with the Local Health Protection Team are taking the following actions for the next two weeks:
- Writing to inform parents/carers and ask for your help, please see information letter from Public Health England.
- Onsite LFTesting of identified year groups.
- We will contact close, prolonged contacts of positive cases, inform parents/carers and ask for a PCR test to be arranged for their child.
- Face coverings/masks – all staff and students (unless exempt) will be required to wear face masks/covering at The Leigh Academy when moving around the building and when indoor communal areas, e.g. when lining up in the restaurant and in the library. Students/staff are not required to wear face masks/coverings in lessons, but may choose to do so.
- Enhanced cleaning.
- Reminder to students/staff of hand hygiene, to use hand sanitisers stations and/or wash hands regularly.
- Increased ventilation through open doors and windows open where possible.
- Assemblies will be virtual.
- Encourage all staff and students to continue with twice weekly LFTesting at home.
The academy remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
Any students self-isolating will be able to access their work via Google Classrooms and should complete work if they are well enough to do so.
I ask that you read the Public Health Educational Settings Information Letter and the guidance links, the main action that parents/carers can take is to remain vigilant. If your child has symptoms please inform us as soon as possible, keep them at home and book a PCR test.
At The Leigh Academy we will continue to monitor closely and keep you informed regularly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of College, via the College Admin Office.
Thank you for your ongoing support with these measures that we are taking to keep our community as safe as can.
Julia Collins | Principal