Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you enjoyed the half term holidays and the sunshine. This short email is to provide you with an update on the wearing of face coverings in schools. Over the half term break the school received the following recommendation from Wigan Council & the Director of Public Health.
We have secured permissions from the Government to, until the end of the summer term, reintroduce the use of face coverings in response to rising rates.
In relation to the use of face coverings in Wigan schools and colleges Kate Ardern – Director of Public Health is now recommending that, where pupils in Year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors on the premises. As before, some pupils will be exempt from wearing face coverings.
In short, this means that until further notice we will be continuing with our existing policy on the wearing of face coverings in school. All existing exemptions will continue to apply. If you need to discuss an exemption, please contact your child’s head of year.
May I also take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of self-testing every Wednesday and Sunday evening. A number of positive cases were identified and reported to us last week.
Mr P Davies