Dear Parents and Carers
Partial closure of Ormiston Six Villages Academy due to Covid
Due to the sharp increase in Covid cases in the academy, West Sussex Public Health have recommended a partial closure of the academy based on public health grounds.
Please be advised that the academy will be closed to Year 9 students from Friday 4th February until Friday 11th February. This partial closure will be reviewed on a day by day basis and may be lifted early. All home learning will be set on Satchel One and it is expected that students study independently following their usual daily timetable. Students should follow the instructions provided by their teachers ensuring they upload their work where requested and mark their lesson as complete. Whilst learning remotely at home, Public Health have stated daily lateral flow tests should be conducted by students to identify further positive cases and ensure appropriate self-isolation (outside of school hours).
Public Health further advise that all students and staff attending school should lateral flow test daily before coming to school. Face coverings on public transport and in school are also strongly recommended until the current wave in school passes.
The academy’s stock of home kits has been depleted, though a delivery is awaited and kits will be distributed to students as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, if you don’t have enough kits at home, you can order them https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or order LFT for collection via https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/free-rapid-lateral-flow-tests-available-collection.
A deep clean of the academy continues to take place every evening as well as throughout the day.
Where other schools have faced this over the last two years, this is the most challenging number of cases our academy has experienced since the pandemic began and the partial closure is not a decision I have taken lightly. I would like to thank you in advance for your support with this as we work hard to minimise the spread of the virus.