THE HEADTEACHER at Ortu Hassenbrook school contacted all parents and guardians yesterday (Sunday 6 December) to apologise for an immediate temporary full school closure to enable a safe and deep clean of the school.
The Stanford-le-Hope secondary school is closed for three days from today (Monday 7 December – Wednesday 9 December) ready to welcome students back on Thursday at 8.30am.
The letter, signed by Headteacher Jo Williams says: “We sincerely apologise for the short notice, but due to a rise in cases over the weekend and staff and students being required to self-isolate we have taken the decision to temporarily close as a precautionary measure. This will allow us to take all the necessary steps required to ensure that both our staff and students work in as safe an environment as possible.”
The letter, which was also shared over text and published on the school’s website, explains how students can still access learning online via Google Classroom along with national guidance around the symptoms and what to do regarding Covid-19.
Children or staff identified as being in direct contact with other children and staff with Covid-19 will have received direct correspondence advising them to self-isolate in line with the national guidance.