Published: 17:43, 15 November 2020
| Updated: 17:57, 15 November 2020
Hugh Christie School in Tonbridge has closed its sixth form following two confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The school has today issued letters to parents of pupils in Years 12 and 13 advising there has been a positive case of Covid 19 "within the Sixth Form bubble", and that members of the year groups should self isolate until Wednesday November 25.
The letter adds: "We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close or proximity contact with the affected child. In line with the national guidance your child must stay at home and self-isolate until the end of Wednesday November 25 (14 days after possible contact). This means they can return to usual activities on Thursday November 26, including attending school provided they are well.
"Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period."
From tomorrow, lessons for pupils in Years 12 and 13, and contact with teachers, will be provided online.
A further letter has also been issued for parents of pupils in other year groups explaining the situation and confirming the rest of the school will remain open.
It states: "We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
"The parents of a number of students who have been in close or proximty contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days from the last possible contact with the affected person. The school remains open otherwise and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. Any shared spaces where this child was in lessons will be deep cleaned prior to Monday November 16.
"Equipment or other resources are not shared across different bubbles."
Several members of staff will also have to isolate after being in contact with those who tested positive.