Published: 08:05, 21 September 2020
| Updated: 08:47, 21 September 2020
An entire year group at a Kent grammar school has been told it must work from home today after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
Holcombe Grammar School in Chatham made the announcement to its Year 11 contingent via its Facebook page about 9pm last night.
Other year groups are instructed to attend as normal, with the creation of year group bubbles hoped to ensure they are not at risk.
The post said: "This evening we have been informed that a Year 11 student at Holcombe Grammar School has tested positive for Covid-19.
"Whilst we seek further information and guidance from Public Health England, we have taken the decision that the whole of Year 11 must stay at home and work remotely on Monday, September 21.
"This will not impact on other year groups who should attend the school as normal as we have created year group bubbles to avoid cross contamination.
"Year 11 students should log onto Microsoft Teams during their allocated lesson times to receive work from their subject teachers. We will provide further updates and information tomorrow."
The school is managed by Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT).
A school spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our students, staff and wider community is our top priority.
"A Year 11 student has tested positive for Covid-19 and as a result we have closed the school to all Year 11 students.
"They are now self-isolating at home as a precautionary measure and are accessing remote learning from home to limit any disruption to their learning.
“As a result of the robust safety measures we have put in place, including creating year group bubbles to avoid cross-contamination, we remain open to all other students.
"We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England to ensure we are taking all the necessary precautions.”