Update for all education settings following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the end of Plan B
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to update you this morning on the latest change in government guidance for schools.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced that all Plan B measures will be removed in England, with a full return to Plan A by Thursday 27th January.
In education and childcare settings, this means:
From Thursday 20th January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff, and students in year 7 and above. They were introduced in classrooms at the start of the spring term as a temporary measure.
From Thursday 27th January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff, and students in year 7 and above.
The government has said that this decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID to be on a downward trajectory.
Therefore, face coverings will no longer be required in lessons from next Thursday, face coverings will no longer be required in corridors or communal areas. However, if your child wishes to continue to wear a face covering in a classroom this will be permitted.
I would like to thank students and parents/carers for your continued support with the management of the pandemic in school.
Dr J Coughlan