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Dear Parent/Carer

 

My sincere thanks for your ongoing support over the last few weeks.  You will be aware that the Government’s guidance for schools has changed and I would like to share the information with you.

 

New National Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings

 

Following an announcement by the Deputy First Minister on Tuesday 25 August 2020, the guidance for school staff and pupils across Scotland regarding the use of face coverings is changing.

The new guidance will take effect from Monday 31 August.  It states that face coverings should also be worn by staff and pupils when:

 

  • Adults and young people in secondary schools (including special schools) are moving about the school in corridors and confined communal areas (including toilets), where physical distancing is particularly difficult to maintain;
  • Adults, young people and children aged 5 and over are travelling on dedicated school transport

It is understood that some staff and children and young people who cannot wear a face covering for good reasons and that position will be respected.

Staff and pupils should ensure they:

 

  • Bring their own face coverings to school;
  • Store these safely in a washable, sealable bag or container when not in use;
  • Wash reusable face coverings in hot water at the end of each day; and
  • Safely and hygienically dispose of disposable face coverings after use

We will also arrange for a limited supply of face coverings to be available.  If you think you may have difficulty in sourcing a face covering or if you feel that your child or young person should be exempt, please contact your school directly.

 

Further information on face coverings is available from the Scottish Government website:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020-version-2/

Full face covering guidance is available via this link:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

 

Our pupil protocol will be shared with our young people tomorrow along with a video on how to wear a mask properly and store it safely.  This video can be found on our website and twitter feed.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

 

Stay Safe

 

Fiona McLagan (Head Teacher)