Dashwood Banbury Academy announces further class closures


School acts following positive COVID-19 tests for two members of the school community and three pupils

Dashwood Academy has announced it is closing more classes. This follows the announcement earlier this week that youngsters from a year 1 group, Hazel class, had to stay at home.

The school says that two members of the Dashwood school community and three pupils have now tested positive for COVID-19.   This has resulted in a number of staff self-isolating.   In addition other general absences have led to the decision to close further classes.

A spokesperson for the Aspirations Academies Trust, which runs Dashwood Academy, said: ‘’Two members of the Dashwood school community and three pupils have now tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a result, pupils in a single Year 1 group, Reception pupils and Year 4 are all now at home self-isolating.

‘’As we have a number of staff now self-isolating or are not present due to other seasonal absences, a decision has been taken to close a second Year 1 class and a nursery class for 3-year-olds for two days before half-term begins on Monday. This is to ensure that the safety and welfare of our students, which is of utmost importance to us, is not compromised.

“One week of the 14-day period for self-isolating will fall as half-term. At this stage we expect all pupils and staff to return Monday November 2nd.

‘’The school remains open for all other year groups.

 ‘’We have been directed to follow this course of action following guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

‘’We apologise for the disruption this causes, however, we are obliged to follow the advice of PHE in relation to Covid-19. The wellbeing of our students and staff is also important to us.“

The school says that children who are now at home should continue their education using online learning via the Tapestry system.

The spokesman told Banbury FM, “’Learning packs have been sent out to children where appropriate and teachers have also been in contact to discuss lesson plans. There will be further guidance and support for any students who need it.

‘’One week of the school’s closure will fall as half-term which further minimises disruption to learning.

‘’A deep clean is now underway.

‘’We look forward to staff and students returning to Dashwood Academy from Monday November 2nd.’’

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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