Staff, students and visitors will be expected to wear face coverings in school nearly all of the time from our return until the Easter holidays 2021 at the earliest.
Staff will not wear face coverings in the classroom if they are able to maintain social distance. Transparent face coverings have been provided to all teachers of hearing impaired students.
Government guidelines advise that students, staff and visitors should wear their face coverings on corridors, in the dining hall when not eating and in classrooms.
Face coverings won’t need to be worn outside, or in PE lessons.
All students should bring their own face mask (and a spare) to school every day. We suggest students bring with them fabric face coverings which can be easily washed. We will continue to contact parents/carers of children who repeatedly request replacement single-use face coverings, which are very costly to school and to the environment. Please don’t wear masks that may be deemed offensive, and please be aware that some of our staff and students are exempt from wearing masks, and have been issued with an exemption pass and lanyard for this reason.
HOW CAN I WEAR AND STORE MY FACE COVERING SAFELY?
Below you can find written and visual instructions about using face coverings.
You can also watch this video (please note that this video was produced for Sheffield City Council, where the requirements for face coverings in schools are different to Derbyshire; however, the advice on how to wear face coverings safely is the same):
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A FACE COVERING?
Face coverings help protect others from COVID-19, particularly if you have it without knowing. Face coverings work by catching the small droplets that we spread when we talk, cough or sneeze, which might contain the virus. Your face covering helps protect the people around you and their face coverings help to protect you.
Remember if you have symptoms, you should stay at home, self-isolate and get a test.
WHAT KIND OF FACE COVERING SHOULD I USE?
- For schools, fabric face coverings are recommended, rather than medical masks.
- A fabric face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin and should fit without any gaps between it and your face.
- It should be made of at least 2 layers of fabric. Ideally it should be made of 3 layers: an outer water-resistant layer, a middle filter layer and an inner water-absorbent layer.
HOW TO PUT THE FACE COVERING ON
- First clean your hands with soap and water (for 40-60 seconds) or hand sanitiser (for 20-30 seconds).
- Check the face covering - do not wear it if it is wet, damaged or dirty.
- Your face covering should cover your nose, mouth and chin.
WHAT TO DO WHEN WEARING A FACE COVERING
- Do not touch the face covering while wearing it to avoid contamination.
- If you do accidentally touch your face covering, clean your hands.
- Do not wear your mask under your nose, around your neck or on your forehead.
- Remember a face covering does not mean that you do not need to socially distance or wash your hands!
HOW TO TAKE OFF YOUR FACE COVERING
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before removing your face covering.
- Remove the loops or ties from behind your ears without touching the front of the face covering.
- If your face covering is clean and dry and you want to re-use it, store it in a clean plastic, resealable bag.
- Wash your hands again after you take it off.
RE-USING YOUR FACE COVERING & DISPOSING OF THEM
- Do not reuse your face covering if it is dirty, wet or damaged – use a different one.
- Remove the bag by the straps when you take it out of its plastic bag.
- Wash your face covering with soap or detergent after each day that you use it, preferably at a high temperature.
- If you need to throw away used face coverings dispose of them in your ‘black bag’ waste bin at home, or a covered litter bin if you’re outside or at school.
- Do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities.
- Take them home with you if there is no litter bin - do not drop them as litter.
- You do not need to: put them in an extra bag or store them for a time before throwing them away.