New GuidancePosted on: 11/05/2021
The Department for Education has reissued guidance relating to the wearing of face coverings in schools with effect from 17th May:
- Face coverings will no longer be recommended for secondary students in classrooms or communal areas from that date
- Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms
- 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 guidance also states that face coverings for students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern.
Secondary students and staff who wish to continue to wear face coverings in classrooms may continue to do so.
Students aged 11 and over are still required to wear a face covering on public transport and whilst on dedicated transport to/from secondary school.
All other measures, such as student ‘bubbles’, frequent hand washing, increased ventilation and enhanced cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will persist. Visitors to the school are asked to observe the COVID-safe measures already in place.