Essex coronavirus: Mayflower High School confirms positive Covid-19 case and sends four year groups home

Mayflower High School sign

Article by Paige Ingram: Students at an Essex high school have been forced to work from home until the end of half term following a confirmed case of coronavirus at the school.

Earlier this week Mayflower High School in Billericay, Essex confirmed a positive case of coronavirus within their school community. As a precaution, a number of students and 10 staff members must work from home until the end of the half term.

Panic is beginning to set in among Essex residents following yesterday's announcement that most parts of the county will move into a Tier Two 'high' level Covid alert on Saturday.

These tougher restrictions will mean that you cannot meet with anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors. This applies at home or in a public setting.

You can however meet people outdoors although the rule of six must be followed.

In a letter addressed to parents, headteacher Lee Brumby, said:

"We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus."

The letter, dated October 13, went on to say:

"As a consequence, this has affected a further ten members of staff who are having to self isolate for 14 days Therefore, regrettably, as a result of this number of staff working from home it will not be possible to run the curriculum in full. We are being forced into a position whereby we need to increase the scope of home learning."

Which students will now be working from home?

As a result of the staff shortages some year groups have been forced to study from home.

Years 13 and 11 students will continue to attend school on a full-time basis while students in years 7,8,9 and 10 are now studying from home until Friday, October 23.

Year 12 students worked from home on Wednesday (October 14) but from yesterday they have been attending school on a full-time basis.

The letter confirmed:

"The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days."

Article by Paige Ingram, EssexLive