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All students at Bishop's Stortford secondary sent home as Covid-19 hits every year group

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All students at Herts and Essex High School have been sent home and are being taught online in a "precautionary measure" brought on by a general increase in Covid-19 cases.

A spokeswoman for the school in Warwick Road said students from years 9, 11 and 12 were sent home on Friday (July 9), while those in years 7, 8 and 10 were sent home on Monday (July 12).

Online teaching will continue until the school summer term ends on Thursday, but the spokeswoman confirmed some group events for this week, like the summer fair and sports day had been cancelled.

The spokeswoman said: "It's very much business as usual here, but with teaching being remote rather than face-to-face.

"The school has not closed. Lessons will continue in the usual way and to the same standard via Teams. Students will follow the usual school day timetable for the remainder of the term, which ends on Thursday."

She added: "The measures have been put in place as a precaution. We have at least one case, or suspected case, in each year group.

"Mindful of the imminence of the summer holiday, families hoping to go away and, in some cases, visit elderly and/or vulnerable relatives, we felt this to be the most responsible approach."

Herts and Essex High School. (49126988)
Herts and Essex High School. (49126988)

Other schools in the district are also sending whole years home to isolate as Covid-19 cases escalate.

It has been reported by parents on social media that two whole years at Windhill21 are isolating, along with Year 3 at Manor Fields Primary and Year 5 at Hillmead Primary. There are also reports from parents that all students at Spellbrook Primary have been sent home. The Independent has asked the schools to confirm the situation.

Earlier this month education secretary Gavin Williamson announced plans to scrap most Covid restrictions in schools following the news that from August 16, under-18s will no longer have to isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.

Mr Williamson also announced that the 'bubbles' system where children stay within a fixed group will be scrapped as will staggered start and finish times.

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