The World Health Organisation published a statement on 21 August about young people and face coverings. They now advise that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.”
In response to this statement the DfE have issued schools the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education/face-coverings-in-education
We have reviewed the advice and have made the decision to allow the use of face coverings for students, should they wish, when moving around the school site and in communal areas only. This will not be mandatory but optional. They will need to be removed safely when entering classrooms with the exception of the 15 minute vertical tutor group session.
Government guidance states that ‘face coverings can have a negative impact on learning and teaching’ and so students will not be allowed to wear a face covering in their lessons, which are within year group bubble.
It is vital that face coverings are worn correctly. Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully. Here is further information on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings to avoid inadvertently increasing the risks of transmission.
We believe this provides additional confidence on top of all other safety measures we are putting in place, in supporting your child to return to Admiral Lord Nelson School safely which are documented in the Risk Assessment which is reviewed weekly and found here https://alns.co.uk/coronavirus/