Important Letter Regarding Face Coverings - 30 October 2020


30 October 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

The safety and wellbeing of all students and staff remains a priority at Tollbar Academy.

I would like to inform you that due to North East Lincolnshire being placed into 'Tier 2' restrictions on Saturday 31 October 2020, we are now making it compulsory for all students to wear a suitable face covering whilst on the Academy site, unless exempt due to medical reasons. Students must wear a face covering when in corridors and other communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be observed. Face coverings maybe removed in all classrooms.

We will be discussing face covering with all students on Monday 2 November 2020 and we will continue to remind students regularly of how to wear, handle and store their face coverings.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, and staff, continues to be our absolute priority and we have worked tirelessly over the last few months to have all safety measures in place so that we can continue to provide your child with an excellent education.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of your face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged
  • Face coverings must not have offensive logos or images

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • where possible avoid taking it off and putting it back on multiple times in quick succession

When removing a face covering:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • do not give it to someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

As the wearing of masks has become part of everyday life, I am hoping that this change can easily be adopted by all students. I would like to thank you in advance for your support of this additional safety measure.

Yours faithfully

Mrs C L Yates

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