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Taking precautions as scientists explore new variant

You will be aware that the government is reacting swiftly to Omicron, the new Covid-19 variant and have reintroduced some restrictions while scientists work to understand its transmissibility, ability to cause severe illness and resistance to vaccines.

Until further notice, therefore, staff at all our schools – special, primary and secondary – will wear face coverings in communal areas. Students in Year 7 and above must also wear face coverings as they go from lesson to lesson. There is no requirement for primary age children to wear face coverings. We require parents/carers to also wear face coverings, unless they are exempt, while on school premises.

Events such as Christmas performances will proceed as normal. We ask adults attending to undertake a lateral flow test, and for this to be negative, before coming into school. We will provide hand sanitiser for you to sanitise your hands upon entry and expect you to wear face coverings while on our premises.

Please remember, as rooms will be well ventilated, you may want to add an extra layer to keep warm.

This guidance is subject to continual review.

We are aware this remains a stressful time for many people and we want to work with you to allay any concerns. Please contact your school directly to talk through your worries.