Further to the announcement by the Prime Minister on 10 May and the subsequent guidance for schools on face coverings in education ‘From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils in classrooms or communal areas in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms.’ Consequently from Monday 17 May onwards your child is no longer required to wear a face covering at Wilmington Academy. Please note that should you feel that it is beneficial for your son/daughter to continue wearing a face covering, that is perfectly acceptable.
The guidance further states that ‘In all schools we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).’ Therefore, staff have been advised of this requirement and will act accordingly.
Regarding other current restrictions:
We are continuing with the operation of year group bubbles. There will be some minor operational changes in Module 6. We will notify you of these in due course.
We are currently exploring recommencing offsite activities, subject to meeting COVID-19 protocols and appropriate risk assessments and you will be informed of any activities pertinent to your child’s class/year group.
The guidance states that ‘Children and young people aged 11 and over must still wear a face covering on public transport. In accordance with advice from PHE, they must also wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to children and young people who are exempt from wearing face coverings.’ Therefore, you will need to ensure that your child is provided with a face mask should they be using public transport.
We remain mindful that this is subject to future review depending on any local outbreaks or further government guidance, but are very excited that we are able to take these positive steps after what has been a challenging period for all.
Thank you all for your continued support.