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Statement regarding temporary closure of Budehaven Community School

Budehaven Secondary School has had a number of staff test positive for Covid-19, in addition to a small number of pupils and family members.

The knock-on effect of this is that several additional members of staff have been instructed to self-isolate on the advice of Public Health England.

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As a result, the school does not currently have enough teaching staff to teach classes of students and has taken the very difficult decision to move all teaching to their remote live curriculum for all year groups.

The school has already been operating with this model in Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 for a number of days, and the feedback from parents, carers and students, has been overwhelmingly positive.

Rachel Wigglesworth, Interim Director of Public Health for Cornwall Council said: “The school has seen an increase in the number of cases, which is a direct reflection of what we are seeing the community around the school and have made the difficult decision to close temporarily to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and families.

“Whilst we know that this may cause childcare issues with children at home unexpectedly, this decision has not been taken lightly.  We all need to follow the guidance from Public Health – It is our responsibility and our responses, which are key to keeping numbers down here in Cornwall in our communities and our schools.”

The school will continue to review the situation over the next few days and hopes to resume its normal provision as soon as possible.

Budehaven Community School will remain open to vulnerable children and children of key workers in the meantime, for year groups who are not currently self-isolating.

Headteacher Dominic Wilkes added: “We thank parents, carers and students for their help and cooperation at this challenging time, and strongly advise that we all pull together at the moment to follow the rules in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19.”