As we have now entered a second lockdown phase, we have received an updated communication from the Government specifically regarding face masks. Face coverings will now be mandatory at all times in school unless in lessons or outside whilst maintaining social distancing. This will also include wearing masks on ALL school buses. The only people exempt from this will be those with medical or psychological conditions.
This guidance states:
More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19, even for children with existing health conditions. Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. Speak to your GP or specialist clinician, if you have not already done so, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while this advice is in place. Your school will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.
This will come into effect from Monday 9th November 20 and is mandatory from the government."
At present the school is providing nearly 100 masks a day to students who do not have a mask or have forgotten them. We can't continue to sustain this level of supply. Please can you ensure your child has a clean mask each day with a spare in their bag as they may need to change them if they become damp.
We would appreciate your support in this matter.