John Kyrle High School to close early for summer break due to number of Covid cases
SFollowing our previous story of the high number of students self isolating at John Kyrle High School due to a number of COVID-19 cases in years 7, 8 and 9, the decision has been made to close the school early for the summer holiday.
In a letter to parents and carers, Headteacher Nigel Griffiths, said: “As you will be aware, we have had a number of positive Covid-19 cases in the school this week in Years 7, 8 and 9. Year 9 in particular has been the hardest hit.
“We have spoken with the local authority who have, in turn, discussed the matter with Public Health.
Public Health have advised that we should shut early for the summer break as a ‘firebreak’. JKHS will therefore be closed on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July.
“This is not a decision we have made lightly. We know that students have missed a lot of school this year. We also understand that this may be inconvenient for parents and carers. Nevertheless, we have to act on the advice Public Health and Herefordshire Local Authority.
“Students who are not self-isolating should continue to maintain social distancing and follow hygiene advice, as well as catch it, kill, bin it.
“Those who are self-isolating must continue to do so. We know that many other Herefordshire schools, including high schools, have been similarly affected with a large number of cases this week.
“The situation has been very fast moving and has presented unique challenges. Staff have been outstanding iri the way they have handled the cases. I am also very grateful for the support from parents and carers.
“I hope you all manage to have a restful, relaxed summer. School reopens on 6th September for Years 7, 11 and 12 and for everyone else on Tuesday 7th September.”