Two-year-old groups at a Herts school have been asked to stay home due to a Covid outbreak.
Hitchin boys’ school principal Fergal Moane wrote to parents on June 18, saying there had been a “significant increase” in the number of positive cases since a first case was detected on June 14. .
The letter stated that about half of Grade 7 and 10 students had self-isolated following the confirmation of 15 cases.
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This meant that all two age groups had to stay home and learn online starting Monday, June 21 and not come back until June 28.
“The majority of these cases are related, and despite the controls in place at school to separate the bubbles, students also mix outside of school and a number of cases are siblings in the same household. “, indicates the letter.
“Although we have no official confirmation that we are suffering from the Delta variant, the increased transmission seems to suggest this and we also note that the symptoms in young people are more like hay fever than loss of taste. / odor and the accompanying fever. the previous strains. “
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All 8th and 9th graders continued to attend school normally.
Grade 12 students are already on study leave, but have been told to always attend their end-of-year exams according to their schedule.
But under guidelines from the Department of Education and Herts County Council, the school was forced to move all remaining events of the year online.
This means that the initiation events for Years 6-7 and 11-12 will need to be online rather than in person.
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“No one is more sorry than I to learn that the end of the year is destined to end much like the beginning, with disruptions in education due to the pandemic,” Moane wrote.
“We will work hard to try to minimize learning losses and the provision of a sixth year summer school and increased tutoring in the fall will help us bounce back.
“As Oscar Wilde wrote: ‘We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’
“I hope the stars will come quickly.”