Rob Grover, principal of Nene Park Academy, said: "One student has received a positive test result for Covid-19. After liaising with Public Health England, we have asked 64 students in Year 11 to stay at home and self-isolate until September 24 as a precaution. These students do not need to get a test unless they develop symptoms themselves. Their families, also, do not need to self-isolate unless anyone in their household develops symptoms, in line with the government’s guidelines.
"Due to the stringent ‘bubbles’ that we have put in place at Nene Park Academy, all other year groups, staff and all other Year 11 students will attend school as they would do normally and continue to follow the government’s guidelines."
Peterborough Matters recorded a podcast with Mr Grover at the beginning of the month, as students returned to the classroom. He discussed what would happen in the case of a positive test, as well as the changes being made at the school to try to keep everyone safe.
These changes include:
- Zoning the school in year groups, so that students in each year group will have the majority of their lessons in one area of the school.
- Students will study all subjects where possible - for example, students in Year 9-13 will have access to all of their options subjects.
- If a child has PE on a given day, they should attend school in PE kit all day
- Lockers will not be available for students, as students will be in one classroom for the most of the day and can keep their possessions with them in the classroom.
- Face coverings are being worn as per the government guidance on public, private and school transport, but not in classrooms and worn optionally in internal communal areas of the school such as corridors, canteen and toilet areas.