Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings, 28.8.20
Following the Welsh Government’s announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings.
Currently the only change to the advice in the Welsh Government Operational Guidance for Schools is that schools and colleges should undertake risk assessments to determine if face coverings should be used in areas outside the classroom, in communal areas such as corridors within the school estate.
Plans should take into account the overall balance of risks and benefits to all in the setting, including individuals with additional needs or disabilities who may be exempt from such decisions.
Despite the responsibility for operational planning and preparation for reopening lying with each individual school, the Education Service and Council have been working in collaboration with schools to provide support where possible and an agreed local authority-wide approach.
However, due to the pressing timescales associated with final preparations for reopening next week and the urgent need to provide clear communication for parents and pupils regarding the wearing of face coverings, the Council’s current position is:
On receipt of further clarification and guidance, we will review current recommendations.