Face Mask/ Covering FAQ
From September we will be asking students to wear face masks/ coverings:
- On school buses
- Walking to and from every lesson in corridors
- Walking to and from break and lunch in corridors
- In the PE changing rooms
- Leaving the school building at the end of the day (they can remove masks when they are outside)
Students will not wear their masks in classrooms, outside or at break/lunch time with their year group bubble.
How will students be educated in the safe use of face masks/ coverings?
We will be using the following World Health Organisation (WHO) video and poster to educate students about how to safely wear, store and wash their face mask/ covering.
The following poster will be in every classroom
What sort of face mask/ covering should my child wear?
You are welcome to buy or make a face covering (including scarf or bandana) for your child. The Government states a face covering should:
- cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
- fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
- be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
- be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
- ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
- unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged
If you would like more information on how to make a face covering with materials from around your home please visit https://www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk/. Here you will find step-by-step video tutorials on how to make face coverings and other useful tips and advice.
As a school community, we strongly believe that any face mask/ covering will be beneficial for all when used in a crowded environment such as corridors at change of lesson.
How many face masks/ coverings will a student need a day?
The WHO recommend that a mask/ covering should be replaced if it becomes wet or dirty and washed at the end of every day. During the day, masks should be stored in a clean, plastic re-sealable bag if it is not dirty or wet and the student plan to re-use it.
Please ensure your child has enough spare face masks/ coverings in-case it gets wet or dirty. They must also have a suitable plastic bag to store their face mask/ covering in during the day. Your child is more likely to require multiple face masks/ coverings if they are using school transport as the length of time the face mask/ covering is in use will be significantly longer than those who just use their masks during the school day.
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
We are aware that not everyone within our school community will be able to wear a face mask/ covering. The Government exemptions which would apply within our school are:
- not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own for the complete list of exemptions.
Please email the school if you feel your child would not be able to wear a face mask/ covering.
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