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Coronavirus: Toot Hill School, Bingham, asks four year groups not to attend school and addresses concerns regarding dinners

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Pupils in four year groups at Toot Hill School, Bingham, have been told not to attend school until further notice.

Those in years seven, 11 and 13 have been told to continue to attend lessons and exams as planned unless they fall into high-risk categories, including having underlying health conditions.

But a letter to parents said pupils in years eight, nine 10 and 12 must stay at home.

Toot Hill school, Bingham, 3/7/2016. (31865424)
Toot Hill school, Bingham, 3/7/2016. (31865424)

The letter, from head of school Mrs Sandra Paley, said: "What is important to emphasise to parents and carers is that any student or member of staff who is at a serious level of health risk due to underlying health conditions must not attend school until further notice. This also applies to those who present with coronavirus symptoms, to whom the 14 day isolation rule applies."

The school which is part of the Nova Trust, said it was aiming to maintain as normal a service as possible, but safeguarding students and staff remained of paramount importance.

"The difficulty for all schools is that some staff are not able to attend school because of their underlying health issues, or because of their immediate family’s health position. Already we can see that this is having a real impact on our school staffing levels," Mrs Paley's letter said.

"For students who are at home, we will aim to establish and maintain remote learning."

She also said the loss of school meals would be a major concern for many families.

"If the school is required to fully close, we will work with our catering suppliers to provide some level of service. At this point in time, however, we cannot guarantee this service to families but will update you accordingly.

"These are uncertain times. We are all running to catch up with events and ensure

our planning is equal to the challenge.

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and consideration

in response to this unique situation. Your support is valued and we will maintain a

high level of contact with you as this situation unfolds.

"Please take care of yourself and your families."

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