Parent UpdatePosted on: November 24th 2020
You will no doubt have heard that the Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools and on dedicated school transport for year 7 and up.
The guidance now states that face coverings should be worn:
- in all areas outside the classroom by staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges
- on dedicated school and college transport for learners in year 7 and up
- by visitors to all schools and colleges, including parents and carers picking up and collecting children
As you know, we have been implementing nearly all of these measures at Corpus Christi since the start of September.
The new guidance states that, to reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, masks should be worn when visiting school (this is already required at Corpus Christi), and also at drop-off and collection areas. You should also ensure that you maintain clear social distance at the school gates. This will reduce risk and set a good example to pupils. Along with regular hand washing/sanitising and social distancing, this will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at school as far as possible.
We ask you to follow these guidelines and encourage your child to follow theirs too. They have been made stronger to keep you and your families as safe as possible. They are based on new advice from Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group, as we learn more about the way COVID-19 is transmitted.
I wrote to you about the importance of your child bringing a face covering to school on 12th November. We have received a further supply of face coverings to replace lost or damaged masks that were issued at the start of term. Your child may request one of these from Enquiries Office. However, these supplies are limited and we keep a record of issue. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child comes to school each day with a clean and suitable face covering. We will now be contacting parents if a pupil arrives at school without a face covering.
Finally, may I remind you that only essential visits to school are permitted and that you must make an appointment with the relevant staff member by telephoning or emailing the school. You will not be allowed on the school premises without an appointment.
Thank you for your help in doing all we can – together - to keep ourselves and others stay safe.
Mr P Brunnock