Face Masks

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following on from my letter dated 02nd November 2020, I am delighted to report that the majority of our students continue to follow our control measures successfully. Our decision to make the wearing of face masks / coverings mandatory was reached after recognising that there are times within our school day during which it is difficult to maintain distance between staff and students as they move around the site. This, in addition to the number of cases occurring in the local area, has prompted a further refinement of the expectations that had been previously shared.

We have therefore taken the decision that all members of our school community are expected to wear a face mask or covering when moving between classes and when moving around the building. Failure to do so will result in an appropriate sanction in line with The Leigh UTC Behaviour Policy. We have also updated our School Uniform Policy to reflect these changes. 

I would ask that you refer to my previous letter to read the full guidance and expectations in relation to the wearing of face masks and covering in school. Students will now be able to purchase disposable face masks whilst at school from the School Reception for 20p, or a fabric mask for £1.00. For students who use this service, the cost will be added to your ParentPay account. 

Click here to view the original letter dated 02 November 2020 that was emailed home to parents/carers.

We fully appreciate that some members of our school community feel they should be made exempt from the wearing of face masks / coverings. If you feel that your child should be made exempt, it is required that you write the reason(s) for exemption to SEND@theleighutc.org.uk, clearly stating the name of your child. Please note that an explanation of exemption is necessary and that a statement of an SEND diagnosis or medical condition alone will not be considered as sufficient. 

To date, we have encouraged our students to carry exemption passes, exemption cards and to wear lanyards to help us clearly identify those that we have recognised as being exempt from these rule changes. From Monday 23rd November 2020 we will introduce a single internal system where students will wear a provided lanyard to mark them as exempt, to support our school staff in ensuring that our community is safeguarded and that those students that are considered as exempt are not challenged numerous times during the course of the school day.

The SEND Team actively encourages parents and carers to contact them via the above email address if support or advice is needed to help encourage your child to wear a mask or face covering.

Thank you once again for your support in this matter, ensuring that our entire school community remains as safe as possible during these times.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Steve Leahey

Principal