Facemask update

Dear Parent,

I am writing to make you aware that from Monday 9th of November staff and students will have to wear face coverings when moving to and from lessons and in communal areas of the college. There may also be other times during the day, in line with our college risk assessment, when students are asked to wear their face covering and the expectation will be that they comply with this request. If there is a reason why your child is unable to wear a face mask in college please contact us on office@blessededward.co.uk so that we can discuss this with you and make reasonable adjustments where necessary  to ensure that staff and students are protected.

Please ensure that from Monday 9th November your child brings a face covering to college each day and a zip lock type bag to store it in. Students will be given clear guidance on the correct way to wear face coverings and how to handle and store them. Students must also continue to bring their own personal hand sanitiser to college each day.

Students do not have to wear face coverings when socialising outside at break or lunchtime or when in classrooms. At the start of the college day students who walk to college do not have to wear face coverings until they begin to make their way to morning registration. At the end of the day students must wear their face coverings as they leave their last lesson until they are outside the college building. Students who travel on buses will continue to wear face coverings on their journey to and from the college.

We will emphasise to all students that face coverings are part of a package of measures which we apply in the college to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. The key ways in which we reduce transmission will continue to be;

  • Symptomatic people not coming into college
  • Hand sanitising frequently throughout the day
  • Adults and students maintaining social distancing
  • Minimising contact between different year groups
  • Adequate ventilation in classrooms

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding of this important next step in our ongoing response to the current pandemic.

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey