Facemask guidance for students
Updated 7th of April - From 8 March 2021, new advice applies to the use of face coverings by staff, pupils and students in schools and further education in England. Further information can be found in the guidance for schools, guidance for specialist settings and guidance for further education.
In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings.
Where students in year 7 and above are educated, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. In addition, we now also recommend that in those settings where students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn in classrooms and during activities unless social distancing can be maintained. This does not apply in situations where wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons. As we do not maintain a 2m distance in classrooms between students and staff, all individuals in a classroom will be required to wear a face mask.
Face visors or shields should not be worn as an alternative to face coverings. Those who rely on visual signals for communication, or communicate with or provide support to such individuals, are currently exempt from any requirement to wear face coverings in education settings or in public places.
Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This applies to individuals who:
• cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical impairment or disability, illness or mental health difficulties
• speak to or provide help to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate.
Please direct all queries to the school by using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. You can also contact us to give consent through that email address if you are having problems with the WEDUC app.
Instructional Video For Home Testing Below