Urgent information for parents

As you are aware, over the last week we have been made aware of a number of cases in our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed cases will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days from the last identified contact. 

We have today met with Public Health England and representatives from Devon County Council’s education, transport and public health protection teams to form an Infection Management Group.  The protective measures in place at Atlantic Academy to reduce the risk of transmission for Covid-19 have been scrutinised in detail, and are reported to be excellent.  No recommendations to alter our operational procedures have been provided. 

It was agreed by all members of the Infection Management Group that the best option for the school community, to understand the situation better, is to continue with online learning until Thursday 26th November, at the earliest.   We will review the situation on Wednesday 25th November, and will communicate with parents at this time on whether to start to re-open to pupils from either Friday 27th November or Monday 30th November.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, particularly considering the disruption to pupils’ learning already caused by the pandemic.  Learning will be coordinated via our google classroom, if you wish to borrow a chromebook to facilitate student learning, please contact the school office to arrange this.