An update on face coverings in some practical lessons

22nd September 2020

Dear Parent,

I am very pleased to report that our students are continuing to act responsibly and are adapting well to their new daily routines and processes. As you are aware face coverings are currently optional at the college, however from Wednesday 23rd  September we are going to be adapting our college approach on face coverings in certain subjects which have a “practical work” element in them.

When students are taking part in practical work where there is a higher than normal risk of accidents happening which would require teacher intervention we will be asking students to wear face coverings. Students will wear the face covering solely for the duration of the practical work. This will apply in Science lessons and Design and Technology lessons. Not all practical work in these subjects will require a face covering to be worn so it will be a decision made by the class teacher as part of their normal risk assessment planning.

The rationale for this decision is to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission if staff have to get close to students in order to assist them in the event of an accident. Examples of where a student would be asked to wear a mask include when they have to handle hot equipment or if they are doing large scale experiments where the volume of corrosive chemicals being used is relatively high.

The college risk assessment, which is available on the college website, has been updated to include this change. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the college if you have any questions or wish to know more about this change.

Yours sincerely

Greg McClarey