School returns to home learning due to Covid cases among staff

The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form.

A Richmondshire school has returned to home learning until the half term break due to the number of staff with Covid-19.

A number of teachers at The Wensleydale School have contracted the virus, including several members of the senior leadership team.

Head Julia Polley wrote to parents yesterday explaining the situation.

“As you may know, our school staff including me, have been hit with Covid over the last few days.

“This morning we have three out of four senior leaders off , some other teaching staff, the safeguarding leader and some support staff.”

Mrs Polley said she had been in touch with North Yorkshire County Council and the chair of governors, Rev Stephen Hanscombe, and made the decision to close for the rest of the week.

“All teaching staff will set work remotely via Google classrooms.

“Staff will be available via email or the google chat function, during the lesson hour, for students to contact and ask any questions about the work set.

“The main reason for this decision, which I have not taken lightly, is staffing levels particularly at break and lunchtimes, as supervision of students and keeping your children safe is always our number one priority.

“t also makes sense to have a natural 13 days break to allow those with Covid to recover fully and break any possible transmission.”

The head said the number of  students off with Covid remained low, however as a school we do have over 8% absent with illness including very bad cold/flu that is circulating.

Mrs Polley thanked parents for their continued support.