Changes to wearing masks in school from Monday 17th May
As you may be aware, yesterday, the Prime Minister made his announcement regarding the next stage of COVID recovery.
As a result of that announcement students will no longer have to wear masks in classrooms from Monday 17th May.
Students will no longer need to wear them in any indoor communal areas from Monday 7th June (the first day back after half term).
Obviously, this is subject to review and any student who wishes to continue wearing masks is entitled to do so if they so wish.
There is some slightly changed advice from Public Health England on the home testing process.
If there is a positive LFD test, at home, you are now expected to get a PCR test as soon as possible. This is to avoid the number of false positives that have occurred when taking a LFD.
Please ensure the you read the instruction sheets to know how to report to the Department of Health when you have either a positive or a negative test. There is no need to inform the school unless there is a positive result. Please note that there have been incidents of false positives when testing within 30 minutes of eating so please try to avoid testing in this time frame.
I hope this provides clarification as we move into the future.
There is lots of information on the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/backtoschool This includes wearing face coverings, social distancing at school gates and ventilation in classrooms, as well as lots of useful links to external websites. There is also a really good video by Abby, aged 12, who shows us all how easy it is to carry out a self-test at home.
These will be remote this year and students will need to register for some. Please see the CAREERS section of the website for more information.
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