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Pupil facemasks are not permitted in school.  They contain lots of germs and when held in coat pockets, school bags, lockers or generally fiddled with, they contaminate many other areas and resources in school.  A cloth face covering is not meant to protect the person wearing it from catching the virus. Rather, its purpose is to prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading the virus to others.  If parents want their child to wear a mask whilst on the playground please remove it and take it back home with you before the child enters school; vice versa put it on your child once you pick them up.  They will not be held in school under any circumstances.

Government advice does not recommend face coverings in Primary Schools

New Government restriction rules from Thursday 5 November

  • people are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
  • people are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering
  • meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed
  • but individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
  • pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close, but takeaways and click-and-collect shopping can remain open
  • leisure and entertainment venues, including gyms, will also close
  • construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
  • people are still allowed to form support bubbles
  • children can move between homes if their parents are separated
  • clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" but people are not being asked to resume shielding

 

What is a support bubble –

  • a bubble is defined as a group of people with whom you have close physical contact
  • in England, single adults living alone - or single parents whose children are under 18 - can form a support bubble with one other household
  • the second household can be of any size and can include "at risk" people – i.e who were previously shielding
  • wherever possible, the government recommends that a support bubble should be with another local household to avoid unnecessary travel

Find out more about the new national restrictions.

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