23rd November 2020
Wearing of face coverings at school (secondary)
This afternoon we received news that the Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools and on dedicated school transport for year 7 and up. The guidance now states that face coverings should be worn:
- in all areas outside the classroom by staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges;
- on dedicated school and college transport for learners in year 7 and up;
- by visitors to all schools and colleges, including parents and carers picking up and collecting children.
The move follows the publication of SAGE evidence and a recent TAG report. Please be assured these safeguarding measures have been in place, at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, since returning to school in September.
To reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, please continue to wear masks when visiting school, and at drop-off and collection areas. Along with regular hand washing/sanitising, social distancing and other safeguarding measures, this will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at school as far as possible.
Please continue to follow these updated Welsh Government guidelines and encourage your child to follow all the school’s safeguarding measures; more details can be found here https://pontcomp.co.uk/covid/. It would be a huge help if you are able to ensure that your child brings their own mask to school, we do give disposable masks to those pupils who do not bring their own but this comes with a financial and environmental cost. The Welsh Government guidelines have been made stronger to keep you and your families as safe as possible. They are based on new advice from Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group, as we learn more about the way COVID-19 is transmitted.
Thank you for your help in doing all we can – together – to keep ourselves and others safe.
Mr. G. Rees