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Classroom closures as a result of Covid-19 cases at Forest Hall and Magna Carta schools in Stansted

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The trust in charge of two schools in Stansted where Covid-19 cases have forced classroom closures says: "This is not news."

Magna Carta Primary Academy in St John’s Road remains closed until next Monday (November 23) after a member of staff tested positive for the virus.

At Forest Hall School, the village's secondary, several bubbles have been told to stay home. According to a parent, Year 11 closed following four cases last week, Year 10 closed as of Monday (Nov 16) and a Year 8 class has also been sent home to isolate.

In response to an inquiry from the Indie, the head of operations for Harlow-based BMAT (Burnt Mill Academy Trust) Education said: “We are in the middle of a pandemic and so, yes, we have a few confirmed cases, of course.

"In my view, this is not a story and only serves to cause panic among parents who then decide to not send their children to school, which is not the official advice being given by anyone.

“The situation we are in at BMAT – with bubble closures at many schools – is the same as every school up and down the country. This is not news.”

A further statement said: "BMAT is following strict Government guidelines and procedures and is prepared to respond quickly as and when there are confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our schools.

"Having worked remotely for six months earlier in the pandemic, our teachers and families are easily able to switch from being taught in schools to learning from home via the technology and systems we have in place in the event of a bubble or whole school closure due to a case of Covid-19.

“As a trust, we are doing everything in our power to protect the health of our children, staff and parents.”

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