Guidance on wearing of face coverings
As you may know, The Department for Education planned to review their guidance for schools over the Easter break and have provided us with an update. If you wish, you can view the full guidance using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education?utm_source=8%20April%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19
In summary, the Government’s guidance regarding face coverings remains as follows:
In schools and colleges where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.
In addition, we also recommend in those schools and FE providers, that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils in classrooms or during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons.
Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors on the premises.
Subject to the roadmap process, as part of step 3, we expect these precautionary measures to no longer be recommended. This would be no earlier than 17 May and will be confirmed with one week’s notice.
Whilst we have a small stock of disposable masks available in school, please endeavour to send your child to school with their own reusable face covering each day. We are aware that some of our students are exempt from wearing face coverings. If this applies to your child, please ensure they have the relevant exemption sticker. If their circumstances have changed, or they have misplaced their sticker, please ensure they visit Student Reception for a replacement.
We look forward to seeing your children, our students, in their first lesson next week.