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Face coverings whilst on school premises

Face Masks

We have made the following decisions on the use of face masks when the school is open to students:

  • Students will be expected to wear face masks when they enter the site, until they enter their classroom.
  • Students will be expected to wear face masks when they leave their classroom, until they leave the site at the end of the day.
  • Students will be expected to wear face masks when moving to lessons and queuing for food/using toilets. Students will also have to wear face masks in indoor communal areas for example, the Sixth Form Area.
  • Students who deem it necessary to wear a face mask in a lesson, will not be prohibited (please note: DfE Guidance believes this is not necessary.)
  • If students are in an outside space during social time, they will not have to wear masks.
  • All students using public transport/the school bus must wear a face mask whilst on the bus.
  • Staff will wear face masks when moving between lessons and indoor communal areas (where social distancing cannot be maintained). Staff have the option to wear a face visor whilst teaching so this will not impede communication.

Expectations for the use of face masks in school:

  • Face masks worn should preferably be of a plain colour or small pattern (with no contentious words, patterns or images and no bandanas or scarves or pulling up of clothing).
  • Face masks should be worn correctly covering the face and nose. If a student is wearing a covering incorrectly e.g. on the chin, they will be asked to wear it correctly or to remove it.
  • Students may be asked to remove their face mask by a member of staff (where social distancing measures can be maintained) for a short period to aid communication.
  • It will be the parent’s responsibility to ensure the wearing of a face mask by their individual child, if they deem it necessary.

The wearing of face masks in school will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with guidance from the DFE and Public Health England and we reserve the right to change our position, with the expectation of your continued support.

Any further questions can be directed to your childs Head of Year