Statement from the Deaf Academy – Thursday October 15


Over the weekend we were informed of a confirmed case of Covid-19 within our teaching and learning community. In consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Chair of the Governing Body, we made the immediate decision to close the Academy building as a precautionary measure.


The current position is that four students and three members of staff from the Deaf Academy have tested positive for Covid-19. The Academy, which has 48 day and residential students, has continued to keep the campus closed and teaching has moved to our Online Academy.


In accordance with PHE protocols, a number of staff and students have been required to self-isolate. This situation is fluid and, as yet, we do not have a confirmed date for the campus to reopen.


Principal Sylvan Dewing stated: “We are working closely with parents to ensure the temporary closure does not have an impact on teaching. We established a successful online Academy during lockdown which is in place and has resumed. As ever, education and student and staff wellbeing remain our utmost priority. We will continue to be in communication with our parents as we receive the latest updates from Public Health England.”


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