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Bridlington Schools to Partially Close Due to Staff Shortage

Bridlington Schools to Partially Close Due to Staff Shortage

Published by Matthew Pells at 9:21pm 16th March 2020. (Updated at 10:01pm 16th March 2020)

Both Headlands School in Bridlington and Bridlington School will be closed to some year groups tomorrow due to staff having to self-isolate over COVID-19 fears.

School leaders at Headlands took the decision to part close after 30% of their staff entered self-isolation as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

In an email to parents  Head Teacher Sarah Bone said..

"Unfortunately in light of the Government's announcement tonight, the Senior Team and I have had to make the difficult decision to partially close Headlands School until Monday 30 March 2020 (this is subject to change). This is a decision we have had to make based on our ability to operate safe teaching staffing levels. 

This is because as of 7pm this evening 30% of our teaching workforce have had to self-isolate due to either displaying the symptoms of Coronavirus or they have a family member who they live with displaying the symptoms.

This decision has been made to allow staff to self-isolate for the new government recommended time period of 14 days.   

Headlands School will continue to remain open to students in years 11 and 13 until further notice.  

Children entitled to free school meals who are not displaying any Coronavirus symptoms, nor have any family members displaying the symptoms, will be able to collect a ‘grab bag meal’ from the schools main reception area between 12.30-1pm during this period.

Children entitled to free school meals who are displaying Coronavirus symptoms or have a family member displaying the symptoms, can still receive a free school meal.  Parents / carers need to contact the schools main office by 10am to notify us.  We will then drop off your child's lunch off between approximately 11.30 and 12.30pm.  The grab bag will be left at your home front door and a postcard put through your letterbox to notify you of it’s arrival.

As both a Headteacher and a parent of two young children, I sincerely appreciate these are very uncertain and deeply worrying times.  

If as parents we are able to maintain some sort of ‘normal’ school routines and encourage our children to undertake the classwork set by teachers via ‘Showmyhomework,’ keeping our children busy and focused should help to reduce both their potential boredom and their anxiety levels.  

We will continue to update you via email, Facebook and our school website.

Take care, Mrs Bone"

Shortly after the announcement from Headlands School the nearby Bridlington School also made the same announcement on their website and on social media which was almost word for word the same as the headlands announcement.



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