At the end of August we updated our guidance on face coverings in the Academy. Now term has started it has become evident that a face covering should be worn during any movements around the Academy. This is the time when students and teachers have found it difficult to stay a reasonable distance from others.
Owing to the increasing number of cases nationally and locally in the West Midlands, we are asking that all of the Academy staff and students to adopt the compulsory wearing of a face covering in communal areas, such as the corridors, during the changeover between lessons. They must however make sure that they sanitise their hands before and after touching a face covering – including to remove or put them on – and store them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully. Information on how to remove and put on face masks will be placed throughout the building. The School Nurse has a small contingency supply of face coverings and sealable bags if a student has forgotten theirs or it has become soiled.
We are aware that some parents may be concerned about their child wearing a face covering at any time. The same guidance for who should wear face coverings on public transport or in shops applies in school. So, if any parent wishes for their child to be exempt from wearing a face covering they should contact Dr Somerfield on (01922) 493910 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are conscious of not drawing attention to this so we require this exemption to be in place as soon as possible.
To be clear, we are asking that face coverings are worn during any movement around the Academy, but not during lessons or outside.
If you have any other concerns regarding our response to the pandemic, please contact the Academy.
Government Guidance regarding face coverings can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/
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