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Chatham school completely closed after COVID outbreak

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Original article from Kent Live

A school in Chatham has had to close its doors.

A coronavirus outbreak has forced Bradfields Academy to shut in what has been described as an "evolving situation".

The decision was taken on Friday (June 25) to prevent the spread of illness and to ensure that all students can continue to access their education safely.

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Pupils aged 4-19 who experience a co-morbidity of complex learning disabilities and difficulties attend Bradfields Academy.

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In a statement addressed to parents and carers, it was revealed that half the staff and over 120 students were isolating when the decision was made to close for the week.

Students will now be taught via remote learning.

The statement from Bradfields Academy reads: "Thank you for your continued patience during this week’s evolving situation.

"Student and staff safety continues to be our highest priority. Due to recent events with the increasing number of positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the academy, we are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of illness and ensure that all students can continue to access their education safely.

"Unfortunately, with over half the staff and over 120 students now isolating, we have reached a point where we need to follow our contingency safety plans within the academy.

"We believe that the time has come for Bradfields Academy to close for the period of one week (Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July 2021) and revert to remote learning for all students.

"We regret the hardships this will cause for some of our families."

The school also added that with no medical team available on site, and a lack of sufficient staff to cover teaching, the academy was unable to stay open.

"We will continue to communicate with parents via regular updates over the next week should more cases be identified and to facilitate access to remote education.

"Because of the magnitude of this decision, I ask that should you have any queries or concerns that these are directed to your child’s community Engagement Support Leaders or that you send an email to the academy office.

"We’ll continue monitoring the situation and are working directly with Public Health England to ensure that all health and safety measures continue to be of the highest standard. We will ensure that further deep cleans and antibacterial fogging takes place throughout next week so that students and staff can be reassured that they are returning to a safe environment."

To read the statement in full, click here to view the academy's Facebook page. Or you can visit the website via this link.

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