Essex Covid: Wickford Beauchamps High School students to work from home one day-a-week as teachers self-isolate

Content originally from Essex Live

Pupils at an Essex high school will have to work from home due to the amount of teachers self-isolating.

Beauchamps High School in Wickford, Essex said that they have been forced to launch home-working plans where a significant number of staff are having to self-isolate through the test and trace system.

Headteacher Mr Harper announced the news via a letter yesterday (Friday, November 13) explaining that there is a “severe lack” of supply staff available due to the pandemic too.

From Monday (November 16), pupils will be doing four-day weeks inside school, with one day working from home – where there is a shortage of staff.

However, he stressed that pupils who are self-isolating should continue to do so.

From Monday, pupils in the following years will have to work from home on these days:

  • Year 7 on a Monday
  • Year 8 on a Tuesday
  • Year 9 on a Wednesday (other than pupils self-isolating who should continue to stay at home all week)
  • Year 10 on a Thursday
  • Year 12 on a Friday

Mr Harper added that education will be offered on virtual learning platforms for any year group not in school, including video lessons and voice over presentations.

He said: “If both parents/carers are key workers and have no alternative child care arrangements in place, please contact Mr Windeatt to discuss how we can help.

“Year 11 and Year 13 will be unaffected and will continue to be our priority year groups to support them in their preparation for end of year external exams.”