While we understand that face coverings can be a strange and, for some, worrying experience for our pupils, it is something we have implemented as part of our whole school policy to ensure we are minimising the risk of viral transmission as far as we possibly can. This is particularly important in light of the rising infection rate both locally and nationally. We send our thanks to the vast majority of parents/ carers who have supported this measure.
Having sought extensive medical guidance on the subject, there are very few reasons for a facial covering not to be worn. It is well documented that conditions such as asthma, for example, are not exacerbated by a face covering.
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In order to ensure our school community (and consequently associated households) are as safe as possible, from Monday 14th of September any pupil who is not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to travel in communal areas of the school whilst other pupils are present. At such times, pupils will wait with supervision until the corridors/ communal areas are vacant at which point they will then move around the school. Obviously, this is not a decision we have taken lightly due to the detrimental effect it may have on their learning but one which we feel is necessary to ensure safety and fairness to all. For this reason, we urge all parents/ carers to ensure children are equipped with a suitable face covering on a daily basis.
If you have any remaining concerns or questions relating to this matter after having read the attached guidance, please ensure you contact the school to discuss this with a member of staff.