Yesterday we wrote to all parents and carers to advise them that following government guidance on 28th August, face coverings (masks or visors) will be compulsory for all students and staff in corridors and communal areas. This is an extra measure to ensure that we are protecting others in our community.
We realise some students and staff will be exempt on medical grounds from wearing face coverings. The government have outlined who this exemption applies to, those who:
- cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
- speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate
SEND and pastoral staff will liaise with families to establish which students fall under these categories for exemption. A hidden disabilities lanyard, also called the “sunflower lanyard” because of its appearance – a strip of green with a pattern of yellow sunflowers, will be issued to these students to act as a discreet sign for others in our community that they are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Please ensure that your child is equipped with a face covering to wear:
- To/from school if they are travelling on public transport
- At school in communal areas and corridors and in classrooms where they cannot be forward facing
Students should wash their hands before and after touching their mask – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Disposal of temporary face coverings should be into a ‘black bag’ waste bin (not recycling bin). Reusable face coverings should be placed into a plastic bag when not in use.
The government guidance in full can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
Click the link below to read the full letter:
Dates of return for Year Groups in September
- New Year 7 and Year 12 will return to school on Friday 4th September and will have a day in school getting used to one way systems, hand washing and sanitising, social distance queueing and their Year group zones within their new timetables.
- New Years 8, 9 and 13 will return to school on Monday 7th September and will join 7 and 12, learning the new systems and following their new timetables.
- New Years 10 and 11 will return on Tuesday 8th September and will join all other years so that all students will be in school from Tuesday 8th September.
Face Covering Guidance
Following government guidance on Friday 28th August, face coverings (masks or visors) will now be compulsory for all students and staff in corridors and communal areas. This is an extra measure to ensure that we are protecting others in our community.
Please ensure your child is equipped with a face covering to wear to/from school if they are travelling on public transport, at school in communal areas and corridors and in classrooms where they cannot be forward facing (Art and Technology). Students should also have a plastic bag to keep their mask in at times when they are not wearing it for hygiene purposes.
On days when students have P.E timetabled, they can arrive at school wearing their P.E kit and remain in their kit for the duration of that day.
Please click the below link to read the full letter: