As of Thursday, government guidance relating to face coverings in educational settings changes:
“From 27 January 2022, we no longer recommend that face coverings should be worn by any pupils, students, staff or adult visitors when moving around premises, such as in corridors and communal areas. Everyone should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of education settings, including on transport to and from education settings.” (DfE: Contingency framework: education and childcare settings. January 2022)
As the recommendation for wearing of face coverings in classrooms ceased last week (20th January), this means that there is no recommendation from the government that members of the school community should wear face coverings anywhere on the school site.
We will be adjusting our recommendations to reflect this position however, given the continuing high reported number of Covid cases and children absent from school nationally, we understand that many will want to continue to use face coverings on and around the school site. We would hope that testing at home continues and that caution is exercised for children with any potential Covid symptoms regarding attendance at school. Continuity of in-school face-to-face education remains our priority.