Posted on: August 28, 2020
We hope you and your family are well and are having an enjoyable summer holiday so far. We are very much looking forward to safely welcoming all our students back to our academy.
Ahead of this, I wanted to write to you today to provide an update on the wearing of face masks in and around our academy, following an update to Government guidance released on Tuesday.
The Department for Education has said the use of face masks in schools are generally not necessary, as the robust safety and hygiene measures that have been implemented, including students staying in consistent groups (bubbles), social distancing and undertaking regular hand sanitising, will help control the spread of any virus.
The Government guidance has been updated, however, to state that in areas of the country where the transmission of the virus is high and local lockdowns have been implemented, that face masks should be worn by all students and staff when moving around the school. In the event of a local lockdown being implemented here, we would communicate with parents, students and staff immediately and your child will be required to wear a mask in line with Government guidance.
We do understand, however, that some parents, students, and staff may feel more comfortable if they have the option to wear a face mask on their return to school in September. Whilst not compulsory, face masks will be permitted in communal areas (corridors, breaks and lunchtime areas) but should not be required within the classroom. If you do feel strongly that you would like your child to wear a face mask in the classroom due to specific circumstances, then please email your Head of Year and the appropriate arrangements can be made.
Face masks will be provided by the academy on request by Form Tutors. These face masks have been provided by Trutex (our uniform suppliers) and are reusable. These are the only face masks that can be used in the academy. If a student loses their face mask the academy can provide a new one at the cost of £1, in the same way as you would replace a lost tie. If a student has simply forgotten their face mask and wishes to use a disposable face mask the academy will provide them one.
It is very important that when wearing a face mask at school, your child understands the correct way to wear, handle and store it, because if they are handled incorrectly it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. For information on wearing, handling and washing reusable face masks, additional information is included at the end of this letter.
The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff continues to be our absolute priority and we have worked tirelessly over the last few months to have all safety measures in place so that we can safely welcome your child back to school come September.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Head of School
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