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Facemasks

The Government has amended its guidelines and is no longer requiring pupils to wear facemasks in classrooms. This is contrary to the evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which quite clearly said that it was important to maintain the current mitigation measures in schools, including mask wearing, in the coming months.

Our biggest priority is to ensure pupils and staff remain in school as safely as possible to continue with their face-to-face education and that we minimise the amount of time pupils and staff need to isolate. We have therefore decided that there will be no change to our policy on facemasks for the time being. Facemasks will continue to be required at all times within the school building, including the classroom. As a reminder, facemasks should be black, navy or white and plain in style. If wearing disposable facemasks, they should be similar to those worn in hospitals.


17 May 2021: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 17 May. However, many restrictions remain in place. It is vital, however, that everyone continues to follow the rules so that we can keep the level of infection as low as possible in our local community. In particular, please remember that from Monday 17 May, only 6 people (or two households) can meet indoors. A summary of the changes are below; you can find full details here.

  • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances, there will be specific guidance that you will need to follow even when you are with friends and family.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (roadmap)’ for more information on roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.


Key reminders

  • You MUST NOT come to school if you or ANYONE in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild.

  • You must arrange for a test and REMAIN AT HOME. You should only stop isolating if you test negative.

  • Do NOT come to school while you or anyone in your house is waiting for a COVID-19 Test result. 

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (no matter how mild), you MUST follow the rules on self-isolation. 

  • If a child or someone they live with displays symptoms at home, they MUST NOT come to school. 
  • If a child displays symptoms at school, we will send them home. 

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

For more information please read: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ 

The NHS has provided a symptoms checker at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

What to do if you have symptoms (even if they are mild)

  • The whole household must STAY AT HOME. 
  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. 
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.