WEEK 30 - Friday 14 May 2021
As the country gradually reopens and inches its way back to normality, the Prime Minister made the announcement on Monday that students in Secondary Schools will no longer be required to wear face coverings in school unless local circumstances dictate otherwise. We have been awaiting clarification from our local Public Health teams and the East Riding Authority on this and we received the following guidance yesterday;
“In secondary schools, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff, visitors and pupils inside the building in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around corridors and communal areas).”
Along with our Trust partner schools and other schools across the area, we are adopting this guidance which means that;
- Students should continue to wear masks on school buses and public transport
- Students should continue to wear masks when moving around the corridors and in other communal spaces, such as the canteen (unless eating and drinking)
- Students will not have to wear masks in classrooms, with the exception of students in Years 11 and 13.
The reason for this exception is that students in these year groups are about to begin their final assessments in school from Monday. The next two weeks are crucial in terms of doing their very best in the assessments but also wishing to enjoy the final days with their friends and teachers. It would be terrible if a positive Covid case were to lead to a large number of students being asked to isolate. It would be bad for any year group but especially problematic for those two year groups. A positive case followed by isolation would lead to the cancelation of assessments and a potential delay to the leaving date for students. To minimise the risk of any of this, we will be requiring students in Years 11 and 13 to continue to wear face coverings inside classrooms and while doing assessments in the hall. Students have been informed of this in an Assembly this morning and I can tell you that they accepted this provision with understanding and maturity.
In addition, we have also informed Year 11 of their final leaving date. Providing that we have no delays to the upcoming final assessments, students will be able to leave school once they have completed all of their final assessments. This will be different for each student depending on the subjects that they study and their assessment timetables. Students have all been given copies of their timetables and now know when their final day will be. If any parent wishes to have that information confirmed by the school, please contact us.
Because of the staggered end for Year 11, we will be holding a final Leavers’ Assembly for all of the year group on Friday 21 May (2pm). This will be an opportunity for students to sign shirts (a rite of passage!) and say farewell to one another. This will be held in the large canteen to ensure social distancing and ventilation.
At all other times up until their final assessment, students in Year 11 and 13 will be expected to attend school as normal and we will provide them with revision support.
In the meantime, many thanks for your ongoing support and I look forward to being able to share more information with you about our plans for the next Academic Year very soon.
Take care and stay safe
Mr V Groak