Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the recent elevation of the local COVID-19 alert level, from 2nd November 2020 it will be necessary for all LAB staff and students to wear a face covering when moving around indoors, such as in the corridors or communal areas. It will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and as they may inhibit teaching and learning.
It is vital that face coverings are worn correctly and that staff and students have clear guidance on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings to avoid inadvertently increasing the risks of transmission. Please review the guidance above with your child before they return to the Academy for the start of Module 2.
Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully. Therefore, please ensure your child has a spare face covering with them at all times in case it is necessary to replace one during the day which has become contaminated or damp.
It is essential that the style of face covering used is suitable for use whilst at school and that it can be stored safely in a small plastic bag whilst not in use. Students should avoid bandanas, scarves or large style coverings which are unsuitable for indoor use.
We are hoping that the final work to the academy campus will be completed by the time we return and that we will have full use of all external spaces from the start of Module 2. We will continue to utilise the outside spaces during break and lunchtimes so please ensure your child has a warm and waterproof coat to protect them from the winter weather.
We have written before about the number of students choosing to meet up with friends from other colleges at the end of the day and congregating in groups around the local area. Whilst we understand that it is important for them to socialise we must ask that you encourage your child to travel directly between home and the academy promoting safe behaviour for themselves, their peers and members of the local community.
We are looking forward to seeing students on Monday 2nd November.