I am writing to you in response to the recent Government announcement this week regarding the wearing of face coverings in schools. The Government is not recommending face coverings in schools but has said that: “schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances. In addition, and consistent with WHO’s new advice, the government will advise additional measures are taken in areas where the transmission of the virus is high. It will not be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and where they can inhibit learning.”
At the moment we have not made face coverings compulsory at Alsager School. We have put measures in place to enable a staggered entry and exit to the building and have a one way system in place. However, we have not been able to execute our plans with a full school and we will have to reassess our risk assessment next week once we have all returned. I want to reassure you that if we feel that it is necessary to wear face coverings, we will implement that.
Should any student wish to wear a face covering on their return, they will be able to do so. Face coverings do not need to be a particular colour but should be appropriate for school.
My priority as always is the safety of all members of our school community.