Northeast School Moves Students to Online Learning, Reinstates Masks As Covid Cases Cause Staff Problems

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A number of students at a Northeastern school will return to online learning after an increase in positive coronavirus cases.

Macmillan Academy is “really struggling with staffing levels” after covid-19 cases have affected staff and students.

The school, on Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, also reinstates face masks in all common areas from Tuesday, TeesideLive reported today.

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In a letter to parents and guardians, the school confirmed he made the “very difficult decision” to move grade 12 students to e-learning for the rest of the week.

School principal Rachel Coning explained that substitute teachers have been called in to adjust staffing levels – but that “won’t be enough for the rest of the week.”

“It is not excluded that we have to ask another promotion to work from home as well later in the week, I will let you know if that has to be the case,” she added.

The letter states: “As a recent communication reported, the number of COVID cases in the academy has recently increased and this has affected both staff and students.

“For the first time in the pandemic, we are really struggling with staffing levels.

“Over the past week we’ve had to bring in a number of substitute teachers, but even that won’t be enough for the rest of the week.

“Therefore, we made the very difficult decision to move 12th grade students into online learning from tomorrow for the rest of the week.

“Year 12 has had a great start to the year and we know they will work very hard independently.



School principal Rachel Coning explained the reasons for the measures

“We are also aware that we do not want to create childcare problems for parents and that is why we chose grade 12.

“Unfortunately, due to the fact that building staff will be covering other lessons, we cannot provide live lessons to teams until grade 12 and work will be set on Frog.

“If your child is having problems, encourage them to contact their teachers.

“It is not excluded that we have to ask another promotion to work from home as well later in the week, I will let you know if that should be the case.

The school also consulted with Public Health England on the use of face masks at school.

The letter continues: “In addition, it is not surprising that in consultation with public health, we are reinstating from tomorrow the wearing of face masks in all common areas.

“Obviously, if the students are exempt or really don’t want to wear a mask, they won’t have to.

“If you could make sure they have a mask with them from tomorrow that would be great.

“Don’t worry if you don’t have masks, we have spare parts for them at the academy.

“As mentioned in my post yesterday, if you can continue to encourage your child to have daily lateral flow tests, it will help detect asymptomatic positive cases.”

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