Four school children have tested positive for Covid-19 and an entire age group is self-isolating.
Millfield Elementary School in Coleshill Street, Fazeley has confirmed that three students in third grade and one in second grade have tested positive, meaning students and staff in both grade three classes need to self-isolate with the students and staff of one of the second year classes.
Students from all affected classes will return to school for a week today, Friday July 2.
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School principal Simon Kelly told Birmingham Live: “Unfortunately, on Tuesday we were made aware of four positive cases of Covid -19 – three students in third grade and another student in second grade.
“Following the advice of the Staffordshire County Council outbreak team, we had to ask the pupils and staff of both grade 3 classes to self-isolate with the pupils and staff of one of our classes. 2nd year.
“All students who self-isolate now learn remotely through Google Classroom. This is led from their homes by the teachers who are currently self-isolating.
“The school recognizes how frustrating this is for students, parents and staff. We are extremely grateful for the patience, understanding and resilience of all involved.
“Students from all affected classes will return to school on Friday, July 2.”
Mr Kelly also posted on the school’s website: ‘The unfortunate events show us the challenge we still face regarding Covid-19 at school.
“We’re not the only school facing school bubble closures – it’s a big deal right now.
“I must say thank you to the parents / guardians and students in the classes concerned for their patience and understanding under extremely difficult circumstances.
“We recognize the enormous problems for parents who must continue to take time off work to care for children who are at home.
“I hope more practical solutions that take a more proportionate approach to handling Covid-19 cases will soon be offered to schools – rather than continuing to send large groups of children home.
“I must also thank the staff who had to deal with this difficult situation.
Online distance learning for students should now be online through Google Classroom.
“We are here to support you and help you get through this difficult situation. Carry on … carry on.”
This isn’t the first school in Tamworth to have cases.
Yesterday we explained how a number of students have tested positive for Covid-19 at Landau Forte Academy QEMS / Sixth Form.