Following the latest recent advice and guidance from the government I am pleased to confirm that pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings when in school as of Monday 17th May 2021.
The following extract is from the DfE's Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance May 2021.
"Based on the current state of the pandemic and the positive progress being made, it is no longer necessary to recommend the additional precautionary face covering measures put in place from the 8 March.
From Monday 17th May, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils in classrooms or communal areas in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms.
Children and young people aged 11 and over must still wear a face covering on public transport. In accordance with advice from PHE, they must also wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to children and young people who are exempt from wearing face coverings."
This is positive news as it demonstrates that the pandemic situation is improving, however I must stress that pupils need to remain vigilant, sanitise hands regularly and refrain from any behaviour that puts the rest of the community at any increased risk of infection.