Another school year group closure and bus alert following positive covid cases

St George's C/E school

Another year group at St George’s school in Broadstairs has been asked to isolate following a positive covid result for someone in the group bubble.

Parents and carers of students in Year 11 were notified of the year closure yesterday (November 30).

A letter from the school says: “An individual in Year 11 has tested positive for Covid and we have made the decision to ask all of the year group to now remain at home and make use of our remote learning.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and the increased number of infections over recent weeks combined with the knock on effect of staffing has meant this is the only option left to us.

“This is less than an ideal scenario for all of us concerned given where we are in the term but all pupils should access Teams for their lessons and we will ensure that any missed mock exams will be completed in January.”

Year 11 students will return to the school on December 14.

St George’s has also issued an alert over bus services after a positive covid result.

Those who travelled on the 933 or 48a bus to or from school on Thursday, November 26 are told they must isolate and not return to school until Friday, December 11.

In a letter from headteacher Adam Mirams to parents and carers he said that on any one day during that week in November week 25 and 30 staff were absent, mainly due to having to isolate.

At the end of last month  Year 8 students were asked to remain at home until December 7 because, alongside a small number of Covid infections, the school is ‘simply running out of staff.’

It is understood that Year 1 and Year 2 bubbles at Priory Infants in Ramsgate are also isolating as are a number of students from Charles Dickens school in Broadstairs, although which year groups are affected has not yet been confirmed.

Parents with children in Year 4 at Drapers Mills have also been asked for the youngsters to isolate until December 9 and Year 10 at Dane Court has also been sent home due to confirmed cases.

More than 25 Thanet schools have had to enact year group, or full school, closures since September.

Many parents have taken to social media this week to debate whether they should keep their children home from December 11 to avoid the need for isolation over Christmas.


  1. These stories do make me laugh, the students have been asked to remain at home, and isolate.

    In reality, off out to play, and a little Christmas shopping with parents.

    • kids on our estate have not been going to school despite it being open .
      Playing outside not doing any school work it’s a joke .

      Mind you the parents are just as bad going to McDonald’s during lockdown . Essential travel I think not .

      • MJC, I disagree with your comment, McDonald’s would be classed as essential travel, if these poor young isolating kids, and their parents didn’t get their supply, they would probably be suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms.

        I couldn’t imagine the effects of this, no McDonald’s would be a disaster upon people’s health.

  2. Well my Girls wouldn’t be going to School or playing outside, but my youngest 36 now.

    With 30 Deaths under the age of 20 in the uk with Covid and 175 in the States (this figure is up till July) i am told its 300 now.

    Good idea this aint it ??? . Stop at home but send your kids to School who may bring Covid home.

    Nanny died how the f**k did she catch that , all she did was visit her grandchildren over Christmas.

    • Don’t visit your Nanny over Christmas. It might just save her life.
      Postpone the family celebrations until Easter, when there’s a chance that plenty of people (especially vulnerable ones) will have been vaccinated.

    • Bit confused on your comment (having a slow day)

      But you say you would let your children go to school or play outside because the death rate of the under 20’s is 0.05% of the overall deaths?

      I understand your comment of ‘send your kids to school’ if you are scared they will bring it home but even then the chances are small – My granddaughter’s class was sent home because 1 pf her bubble tested positive, however NOT 1 of the other 26 in her class caught or tested positive for it

      • Was your comment about something i said? if so i said i would not let my children go to school or play outside , not would.

        Agree the chances are small but i would not risk it people say it be fine it wont happen to me but these things do.

        With payment holidays etc for example whats wrong with shutting schools for a year ? yes it will deprive them of their friends and some learning but this can be made up at a later time.

        Thanet is now the secound highest county in the country , so it must be something that has been opened , i not saying schools but they shutting this year , that year, teachers are having to take time off , but everyone to their own meaning the parents make the choice .

        • Are you serious?!! Shutting schools for a year, it would have a massive impact not only on education, but mentally as well. How would you cope with not seeing friends for a year let alone 5/6/7 etc etc year olds who dont understand completely what us going on.

          Payment holidays again what world do you live in!!! Its not just payment holidays the amount of people who couldn’t work with there kids not at school, losing there jobs, homes etc how many companies do you think would wait 12 months? Gas, electric, food etc etc

          I’m almost speechless someone thinks like this

          Toy must be retired with a nice little pension keeping you going

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