Three school students have tested positive for Covid-19.
Landau Forte Academy QEMS in Ashby Road, Tamworth confirmed the news today (Tuesday).
All close contacts are now self-isolating.
An updated statement issued on Tuesday, November 10 reads: “We can confirm that three students at Landau Forte Academy QEMS have tested positive for Covid-19.
“In line with the Department for Education and Public Health England’s guidance, all close contacts are now self-isolating. Parents and carers of students who are self-isolating have been advised accordingly of when the student can return to school.
“We will provide virtual learning for all affected students while they are at home so that they can continue their learning.
“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we have written to families to inform them and to reassure them of our processes and practices.
“A deep clean of the zone and classrooms that the students have been based in is also taking place as a further precautionary measure.”
A letter sent to parents and carers by interim principal Martin Rowe after the last case read: “I am writing to let you know we have a confirmed case of Covid-19 at the academy.
“In line with Government guidance any students and staff who have been in close contact with the individual concerned are now self-isolating for 14 days. These students will continue their learning at home through our remote learning offer.
“Having spoken to Public Health we have confirmed the actions we are taking are more rigorous than the Government advice however the safety of our staff and students is our highest priority and we will always take the action we consider necessary to protect them and to reduce the risk of transmission.
“You will also be aware the country is in national lockdown. The Government has made it clear schools are exempt from this and students should continue to come into school as normal.
“It is vitally important students remain in school wherever possible to ensure they receive the quality of education they deserve.
“Clearly it is important we are extra vigilant as we move into this next phase and I would ask for your support in ensuring students have a face covering with them that they wear in corridors or communal areas.
“Whilst this was previously the position we took as a school this is now a national requirement and we are keen to work with you to ensure our students continue to follow this.
“We recognise this is an unsettling time for everyone and appreciate your ongoing support.”