Use of face coverings in school: Update to Welsh Government guidance
The Welsh Government has updated its operational guidance on the use of face coverings in schools and colleges.
Please find the full update here: Update to Welsh Government guidance
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.
To reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, please wear masks when visiting school, and at drop-off and collection areas. Maintaining clear social distance at the school gates will also reduce risk and set a good example to pupils.
If you have a secondary school aged child, be aware that face coverings should now be worn by year 7 and above pupils in all areas outside the classroom and be worn on dedicated school transport for year 7 and up.
Please follow these guidelines and encourage your child to follow theirs too.
Along with regular hand washing/sanitising and social distancing, this will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at school as far as possible.
The guidance has been made stronger to keep you and your families as safe as possible. It is based on new advice from Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group, as we learn more about the way COVID-19 is transmitted.
For this reason, you may now see school staff wearing masks and/or face shields during drop-off and collection times.
Thank you for your help in doing all we can – together - to keep ourselves and each other safe.