Face coverings in school
Dear parent / carer,
We have been promised an update from the Department for Education on what the new national restrictions will mean for schools. Although these regulations come into force on Thursday 5 November we have still not received the updated guidance – but we have been informed that the guidance will cover the latest advice for clinically extremely vulnerable children, young people and staff, and advice on the use of face coverings in education settings.
Our expectation is that the advice on face coverings will mirror that currently applicable to education settings in Tier 2 areas so we have made the decision to proceed on that basis from Monday 9th November.
Obviously if the guidance, when we eventually receive it, instructs us to do something different from this we will let you know immediately.
FROM MONDAY 9th NOVEMBER
- Face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal [indoor] areas.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This 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
Access to face coverings
The Department for Education says that it is reasonable to assume that young people will now have access to face coverings due to their increasing use in wider society, and Public Health England has made available resources on how to make a simple face covering.