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All schools have measures in place to minimise risk to their pupils. These include:

  • Encouraging excellent personal hygiene through routine and providing facilities (bins, tissues, wash hand basins, liquid soap and hand sanitiser)
  • Ensuring excellent cleaning is maintained across buildings and sites
  • Creating bubbles, by grouping pupils and staff to limit the contact with others where it is possible to do so by making changes to timetables and start times
  • Making changes in classrooms and other spaces to support social distancing where required
  • Ensuring the school is well ventilated
  • Making changes to how children may travel to the school and accommodating through amended school times

Please take the time to read the information that your schools share with you.

Face coverings

Part of staying safe, and minimising risk to pupils and staff, includes the wearing of face coverings in and around school.

Primary

In primary schools, it is recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff and adult visitors in situations where social distancing between adults is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering. Parents may be asked to wear face covering at the end of the day where social distancing is not possible.

Secondary

In secondary schools, it is recommended that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils in classrooms as well as when moving around the premises and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. Your schools will inform you of the procedures they have in place.

Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils when outdoors on the premises.

Extra-curricular provision and wraparound care

Extra-curricular and wraparound care is only where it is necessary to support parents to work, attend education and access medical care, and is as part of pupil’s wider education and training. You schools will advise you of their current wraparound care as this will be dependent upon their current availability.

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