Year 8 students at a Nuneaton secondary have been told to learn from home for three days because staff are having to self-isolate.

The whole year group at the Nuneaton Academy have to do their lessons online from home due to a lack of teaching staff at the school.

They are not due to return back to the classroom until Thursday (December 3).

The Midland Academies Trust (MAT), which runs the Radnor Drive-based school, said that Covid-19 has impacted on the workforce, as it is the wider community.

Full statement

A spokesperson for the Midland Academies Trust said: “As a result of a number of teaching staff needing to self-isolate in line with government guidance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to close provision for pupils in Year 8 at The Nuneaton Academy from Monday 30 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020.

“It is expected that pupils in this year group will be able to return to school on Thursday 3 December 2020.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have worked hard to minimise the disruption to learning and maintain full time provision either in school or remotely.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 is impacting not only our pupils and our community but also our workforce, and, in line with government guidance, the number of staff who are currently required to self-isolate or work from home because they are clinically extremely vulnerable means that we have no choice but to close provision for Year 8 pupils for a short period.

“Pupils affected by this temporary closure are being enabled to access their lessons remotely online, and provision has been maintained for the children of keyworkers and those who are vulnerable. The school remains fully open for pupils in Years 7, 9, 10 and 11.”

The spokesperson concluded: “We understand that this decision will impact the families of these pupils and apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, we are operating within a national context of increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 and this has an inevitable knock-on effect on the ability of staff to attend for work.”

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