Unfortunately, following my letter to you last week Covid cases continue to be high and we currently have 56 positive cases within the school community.
We remain in regular contact with PHE who are monitoring our situation and they have advised us that given that all other prevention measures are already in place within the school and cases continue to rise, we now need to reintroduce face coverings within school. This will be for an initial period of two weeks when it will be reviewed in conjunction with PHE.
In response to this guidance we will therefore introduce the following school expectations for staff and students from Monday 27 September 2021:
- Staff and students are asked to wear masks at all times inside the building where social distancing is not possible
- This includes in classrooms, when moving between classrooms on corridors and in halls and communal areas at break and when queuing for food inside at dinner time
- Staff and students will be expected to use their own masks. The schools will retain a small stock of masks for those times when a mask is lost, damaged or forgotten
- We are aware that there are some students who cannot wear masks for medical reasons and we will continue to be sensitive to this situation