Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are aware, we have been working hard to open the academy safely in September following up to date guidance. After careful consideration following the government’s announcement regarding face coverings in schools, Grace Academy will be asking students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings on entry to the academy and in communal areas. We will be updating our risk assessment to reflect this.

Students/staff will not be wearing face coverings in classrooms and lessons (due to current government advice and because of other measures in place) unless it is for a valid reason approved by the Principal. We will give further information on how this will work with students/staff on their first day back and we ask that parents/carers send their child into the Academy with a plain face covering that covers the nose and mouth, plus spares if needed. We also ask that these are stored between use in a sealable plastic bag (like a sandwich bag) and disposable masks are kept in a separate sealed bag after use and can be disposed of in our outside face covering bin.

Face coverings must be plain and not have slogans on or represent football teams. Plain face coverings that have a sports logo such as Adidas, Nike, Puma etc are acceptable. Staff around the Academy and outside may be wearing face shields/visors to help with clear communication with students- however students will not be normally permitted to wear these. Students do not need to wear face coverings outside on break or lunch but can do so if they wish. All students on the school bus will need to wear a face covering as per the government’s advice for public transport.

We understand that some staff and students may be exempt from wearing face coverings due to government guidance- we ask that they speak to the Principal regarding this.

We thank you for your support with this and we appreciate your understanding that we are doing our utmost to keep all in our academy as safe as possible in these times.

Many thanks
Mr Salt and Mrs Anstey