COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents, Carers & Families,

I am writing to you again following another announcement from the government. The Prime Minister has announced that all Plan B measures will be removed in England, with a full return to Plan A by Thursday 27 January.

In schools this means that from today, Thursday 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff and students in Year 7 and above. These  were introduced in classrooms at the start of the spring term as a temporary measure. Staff and students should continue to wear these in internal communal areas around the academy until next Thursday, 27 January 2022.

From Thursday 27 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff and students in Year 7 and above.   This means that staff and students will only need to bring face coverings for their transport to and from school if required.

This government decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. Whilst there are some groups where cases are likely to continue rising, the government has stated that it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally; the virus is still with us and continuing with proportionate protective measures remains vital to protect education.

Local directors of public health will be able to recommend the temporary use of face coverings in communal areas, should the Department for Education and public health experts judge the measure to be proportionate due to specific health concerns; we will continue to be advised and guided by this information. Any local introduction of face coverings will be subject to routine review and removed at the earliest opportunity.

The Department for Education has updated the guidance for schools, further education settings, special schools and out-of-school settings to reflect these changes.

Best Wishes,

Ms A Croft

Associate Principal