The second national lockdown begins on Thursday 5th November and we are taking some steps to try and support the well-being of the children and staff in our schools. There are already many measures in place in schools such as ‘group bubbles’, one-way systems, changes to timetables, different arrival times and increased cleaning procedures.
In addition, from Thursday we are implementing measures in all the Trust schools with regard to face coverings. The new measures are:
- All secondary school students are required to wear face coverings when moving around inside the school and in indoor social spaces during break and lunchtime where social distancing is not possible.
- All staff in primary and secondary schools are required to wear face coverings when moving around inside the school. They are also required to wear face coverings in offices or work rooms when social distancing is not possible.
- All visitors to the school and contractors working in school must wear face coverings. Once in an office or work area they may be directed that the face covering can be removed depending on social distancing.
- All parents must wear a face covering when dropping off or picking up their children from school. This applies on entering the school site.
- In classrooms, face coverings will be optional at this time for both staff and children. High quality learning demands a focus on speaking, listening, phonics, spelling and facial expression. We want to both protect everyone through the protective measures but also support the teaching and learning that is vital to ensure children’s progress.
- We understand that there will be people who may not be able to wear a face covering for very good reasons. If this applies to your child, please contact your Headteacher to explain this.
We do not want this approach to face coverings to be confrontational and staff have been informed as to the approach we want them to take in schools.