DofE COVID Success
- Written by V Harrop
Dear Parents and Carers,
You will be aware that the Government announced some updates to the Covid guidance for schools, which will start from Monday 17th May. The main adjustment for our school community is regarding the use of face coverings or masks which is as follows:
Face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools and FE providers. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. In all schools and FE providers, we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).
The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. In all cases, any educational drawbacks should be balanced with the benefits of managing transmission.
From Monday 17th May therefore, we will not be asking students to wear masks around the site or in class. Any student who wishes to continue wearing a mask will be able to do so Staff will be asked to continue to wear masks when moving around the site where social distancing is not possible, in line with the guidance.
As you may have heard, we have had a serious incident in school today involving a hoax call about a bomb. The school was immediately evacuated and the police attended. We are working with the police and are confident that we have identified the culprit. The police are confident that the whole school have dealt with this in the best possible way and the whole community were kept completely safe at all times. I would like to commend the staff and students for the calm and sensible way that they responded to this stressful situation. I send my thanks to parents and carers for your patience while we dealt with situations prior to this communication. As always safety is our priority.