Face-to-face teaching at Downend School suspended after cases of COVID-19 among pupils and staff
DOWNEND School has had to suspend face-to-face lessons for pupils after more than 30 coronavirus cases were reported.
The school has moved to remote learning for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, with all pupils except children of key workers asked to work from home using work set online.
Year 11 GCSE and Year 13 A-level candidates had already finished work and assessments for the year, although transition sessions for Year 11s planning to return for sixth form in September have also had to be suspended.
The school had planned to hold Year 10 pupils' exams in-school until cases were reported which meant they also had to be run remotely.
A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said a total of 31 cases, some confirmed following PCR tests and others suspected after lateral flow tests, had been reported as of today, involving children and staff.
A Downend School spokesperson said: "Over the last few days, we have experienced a number of cases of COVID-19 within the Downend School community.
This has meant that we have advised some students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 to self-isolate.
"We also have a number of staff who are confirmed cases and other staff self-isolating as contacts.
"We are working closely with the South Gloucestershire and South West Public Health teams, and are taking a number of temporary measures to contain transmission and prevent further spread of the virus.
"Due to the number of staff having to isolate, we have taken the difficult decision to move some year groups to remote learning for the remainder of the week.
"The safety of our students, staff and community is of paramount importance, and we will continue to monitor the situation carefully alongside our colleagues from Public Health."