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North Cambridge Academy confirms 12 cases of Covid-19 and asks three year groups to work from home due to teacher shortages

Three year groups at North Cambridge Academy have been told to stay at home for the rest of the week as Covid-19 has left the school short of teaching capacity.

Six members of staff and six students have tested positive for the coronavirus.

With other staff members off for other reasons, the school has asked Years 8, 10 and 11 to work remotely until half-term.

The school hopes the year groups will be able to return following half-term.

Andy Daly, executive principal of North Cambridge Academy, said: “A total of six members of staff and six students have received a positive test result and have been required to self-isolate.

“With the addition of other staff who are absent from school for different reasons, around a third of the academy’s staff are now unable to support students in school before half-term. Unfortunately, therefore, due to lack of teaching capacity, we had needed to ask students in Years 8, 10 and 11 to stay at home for the remainder of this week, where they will be able to continue their live lessons through Microsoft Teams.

“These students only need to stay at home due to a lack of teaching capacity and do not need to self-isolate unless they have been instructed to do so.

“We are working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council and Public Health England and they have confirmed that the academy is taking the appropriate steps and has the necessary measures in place. As case rates continue to rise across the country and our region, we are aware that many other schools are facing similar situations.”

On October 14, the school asked 23 students to isolate for 14 days at home, and learn remotely, because a teacher had tested positive.

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