PPE and face coverings

Current national guidance for schools states the following:

“Under national lockdown, in settings where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained. This does not apply to younger children in primary schools and in early years settings.

While we do not advocate the use of face coverings for children in school, our risk assessment measures includes that all staff and adult visitors should wear a face mask when on site in communal areas (not, importantly, in classrooms).  In classrooms, adults are asked to wear a face visor.  This is to support learning as the full face is visible to the children and supports communication.

PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child or young person becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child or young person already has routine intimate care needs that involves the use of PPE, in which case the same PPE should continue to be used.