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Ormiston Sudbury Academy urges Year 9 students to stay at home after reports of 'a number' of coronavirus cases




Students at a Sudbury school are being urged to stay at home after an outbreak of coronavirus.

In an urgent message to pupils and parents, Ormiston Sudbury Academy have asked all Year 9 students to stay away from the school today and said any who had already arrived would be sent home.

It explained this was due to 'a number of positive Covid tests having been reported overnight'.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy. Picture: Mecha Morton
Ormiston Sudbury Academy. Picture: Mecha Morton

An Ormiston Sudbury Academy spokeswoman said: "Thank you to all students, parents and carers for your understanding and prompt response to our plea for year 9 to remain home today. Your support, especially at times like these, where much is beyond our control, is very much appreciated.

"We would like to advise that all Year 9 students should, now, take an additional Lateral Flow test (LFT). If that returns a positive result, then a full PCR test must be booked and the subsequent self-isolation advice/guidance from Public Health England must then be followed.

"In order to minimise any further spread among year 9 students, regardless of the outcome of their LFT, they will not return to the academy before the end of term on Friday. For those with a positive LFT result, self-isolation is obviously required until a negative PCR test result is subsequently confirmed.

"During the last few days of term, we ask that year 9 students do not come onto the academy site, for any reason."

The school confirmed it is now setting up a live remote learning schedule for year 9 pupils to follow for the rest of the week, up to the end of term. Further details will be provided on the school's website here.

It comes after the confirmation that more than 60 pupils at Abbots Green Academy in Bury St Edmunds are also self-isolating after seven people tested positive for Covid-19.

Sixty-four Year 6 pupils and four members of staff have been told to stay at home, with all end of year events cancelled as a result.

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