Updated guidance on the use of face coverings in education settings

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From today, Sunday 2 January, it is recommended that face coverings are worn in classrooms where pupils in year 7 and above are educated. The advice is short term only, to support pupils and teachers as they return to school this term and builds on the existing proportionate guidance that recommends face coverings for all adults in communal areas of all settings. We are updating our guidance to reflect this. The advice on face coverings in classrooms will be in place until Wednesday 26 January, when Plan B regulations are currently scheduled to expire, at which point it will be reviewed.

This means that parents/carers must ensure their son/daughter has appropriate face coverings for the entire academy day (when inside buildings) including travel to and from the academy on public transport unless exempt.  Staff will request that face coverings are worn as students enter buildings and classrooms,  those exempt are known to staff and as a result will not be challenged further.  There is only a small supply of spare face masks within the academy, to provide consistently for large numbers of students is not sustainable so please do help support the government guidance and provide an appropriate number, we recommend at least three per day as they do become damp after prolonged use.  The academy will continue with the same measures that have proven to be successful previously and with increased ventilation in colder months students will be allowed to wear coats indoors for comfort.  Please ensure that your son/daughter has a coat, rather than a hoodie, in the colder months.

Please also note,  staff will not discuss the application of government policy with parents/carers.  Any concerns in that instance should be directed to the Department of Education.  If you wish to inform the academy of an exemption to face masks that we are not already aware of please inform your son/daughter’s College team.

We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone back at the start of the new term (4th January for Years 10 and above, 5th January all other year groups also return).  We have had an incredibly strong response from our entire community throughout the pandemic ensuring that our amazing young people remain safe and continuing to make excellent progress, only achievable through collective effort in supporting each other.  We look forward to your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mr W Monk