Updated Government lockdown guidance regarding face masks from David Hood, Headteacher, Friday 6th November 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

As you all know, new national “lockdown” measures came into force on Thursday 5 November.

Alongside these we have received updated guidance from the government as to how we in school help to control the spread of Coronavirus.

This guidance includes the following statement:

In schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. 

Therefore, from Monday, all students should come to school with a face mask and wear it at the following times:

  • As they come into school at the start of the day.
  • As they leave school at the end of the day.
  • When they are moving around the school building between lessons.

This is not a “law” and students will not be punished if they do not have a face mask with them, but for the safety of everyone I strongly urge that all students observe this expectation.

Other points:

  • Students will not be expected to wear a facemask in lessons, at break/lunchtime or when out on the field. They may do so if they wish.
  • Students are responsible for looking after their own face masks. They must not be left lying around the school.
  • Face masks must be of a simple, plain design.
  • All students must continue to observe social distancing and hand hygiene routines.

Thank you for your continuing support in these challenging times.

D. W. Hood