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Face coverings for pupils in year 7 and above

  • 13 October 2020
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New COVID-19 restrictions have been announced for Walsall residents as a result of the government’s new local alert system. These restrictions will come into effect on Wednesday 14 October.  
 
Walsall has been placed in the alert level ‘high’ as our infection rates are above 100 per 100,000 people. Due to the high rate in the number of COVID-19 cases, everyone in Walsall is being asked to follow the regulations to reduce the spread of the virus.   
 
From Wednesday 14 October, all students in years 7-13 (at secondary school/college) are asked to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas. The same is the case for staff and visitors. This is to provide additional protection in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face coverings can be removed at break times when seated at a table to eat or drink.  
 
It is not necessary for students and staff to wear face coverings in the classroom, where schools already have protective measures in place (for example desks set out in rows two metres apart).  
 
To support students in complying with this request, parents and carers are asked to ensure children and young people in years 7 and above have an appropriate face covering with them every day and that they are aware of and understand the importance of the requirements to wear face coverings in communal areas while at school. Students should have with them a sealable plastic bag in which to store their face covering when it is not being worn. 
Where a student has a health condition that prevents them wearing a face covering, the school should be contacted so to discuss their requirements. 

Face coverings should also be worn on public transport and on dedicated school transport when possible. 

This policy has been put in place to protect all students and staff. In line with national guidance these measures relate only to secondary age pupils. Primary age children do not have to wear face coverings in school.  

If any child displays any of the symptoms of coronavirus 
•    a high temperature  
•    a new, continuous cough  
•    a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell  
•    a loss of, or change to, your sense of or taste  
Then they must stay at home and get tested. To book a test, telephone NHS 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. A face covering does not change this.  

Thank you for your support to keep our pupils, staff and Walsall community safe.  

A letter has been sent to all parents and carers as well as all schools in the borough. This letter includes useful information about face coverings for students, including how to wear, remove and store face coverings safely. 

Read the government guidance to find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is high.

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