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Omicron Covid variant: Face coverings in schools

Dear families,  

‘Omicron’ Covid variant: face coverings in schools 

You will have followed news reports over the weekend about the new ‘Omicron’ Covid variant.  

From Monday 29th November, the government is asking all secondary students to wear face coverings in indoor communal areas of school buildings, unless they are exempt. Face coverings are not required in classrooms.  

Parents and other adults will also need to wear face coverings if they visit school, unless they are exempt. You do not need to wear a face covering if you are outside, such as for drop-off or pick-up, but may wish to do so.   

This system worked well previously and we know that students will adjust well to the new guidance.  

As of Tuesday 30th November, face coverings will be required in shops and on public transport; please ensure that your children are aware of this if they use busses or trains to get to/from school.  

A reminder also that students should be testing twice a week using their lateral flow kits. If your child has any symptoms of Covid-19, you must take them for a PCR test which you can book using this link. As before, if they are ‘positive’ you should inform us straightaway.  

The government has said it will review the guidance about face coverings in three weeks’ time and if there are any changes we will update you. Likewise, if there are other updates around how new restrictions will apply to schools, we will let you know.  

Many thanks for your continued cooperation, which will ensure we can safeguard the wellbeing and education of our students.  

Yours sincerely,  

Andrew Barr