Headteacher Update 14th May 202114/05/21
I hope you are well.
NEW GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS EFFECTIVE FROM MAY 17TH 2021
Please find below a statement received by schools this week from the local Public Health Board regarding face coverings.
Public Health; Face coverings in Cheshire West and Chester Schools
The Prime Minister has announced that from the 17th May 2021 pupils in secondary schools will no longer be required to wear face coverings in the classroom or communal areas. Due to Cheshire West and Chester currently experiencing the lowest rates since the start of the pandemic we are happy to confirm that we are supportive of this position at this time. The advice will continue to be reviewed fortnightly though and may change should there be an increase in rates across the area, as we are seeing in other parts of the North West. Alongside this, local advice to reintroduce face coverings may be provided to individual schools by Public Health in response to geographical or setting based outbreaks.
The guidance continues to advise staff and visitors to wear face coverings when in communal areas of all school settings. Pupils and staff should also continue to wear face coverings when travelling on public and school transport. We are also supportive of continuing to advise parents to wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up their children outside school due to ongoing concerns about the inability to socially distance in some areas.
You will see that the wording/approach remains cautious and we will continue to ensure that all other control factors in school regarding the pandemic remain in place. We also understand that some students/families will be anxious and we will support any student who wishes to continue wearing a face covering in school.
The new guidance is very welcome and I must congratulate our young people in the way they have accepted the need to wear face coverings during the past term. The staff are very much looking forward to being able to see smiling faces again!
In Caritas et Veritas,