A SOUTHAMPTON school has been hit by a Covid outbreak, forcing staff shortages.

Staff sickness and absence as a result of coronavirus is the cause of the part-closure to pupils. 

In a letter to parents, Oasis Academy Sholing principal Martin Brown said "it is with regret" Year 7 and 10 students will be learning remotely on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18.

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Year 8 and 9 students are currently learning from home but will return to the school tomorrow.

Mr Brown said: "It may be the case that as staff will be allocated to cover for absent colleagues for those students who remain in school, that there may not be a possibility for some lessons to be live.

"However appropriate work will be provided in these instances.

"I am grateful for your continued understanding and patience, and we will continue to communicate regularly if further actions are required.

"We look forward to welcoming Year 8 and 9 students back on Thursday."

The school remains open for those students not identified for remote learning. 

Oasis Academy has been contacted for further information.