Government Announcement – Step 3 - Roadmap Out Of Lockdown

14th May 2021

RE: Government Announcement – Step 3 - Roadmap Out Of Lockdown

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday and the revised Guidance For Schools released on Tuesday, I am now writing with further details about face-coverings, protection measures and other information relevant to Bodmin College.

Face-Coverings

Whilst the Government Roadmap continues to advise Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air, the guidance for schools has changed.

The new guidance says that from Monday 17th May, face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas. However, they must still be worn on public transport, school buses and taxis. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. However, they do recommend that staff and visitors continue to wear face coverings outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible.

To provide you with clarity and having carefully reviewed the government guidance alongside our own risk assessment and feedback received from parents, students and staff, please find a summary of the new expectations below:

Where Face-Covering Requirement
Travelling on school/public buses/taxis Face coverings must* be worn
In corridors & canteen queues Face coverings must* be worn
In classrooms & other communal areas Although we still encourage face-coverings where it does not impact on teaching and learning, for the most part, it will be the student’s choice whether or not to wear their face-covering. However, for safety reasons, there are certain exceptions where face-coverings will still be required. More detail will be provided in the Parent FAQs
Outside buildings Face coverings are not required

*with the exception of those exempt from wearing face-coverings

As with previously, students should continue to follow the guidance on the safe wearing of face-coverings and should always keep a clean spare with them in a small plastic bag.

As the face-covering expectations begin to relax, it continues to be our priority to maintain a safe, caring environment and high quality education for your child. Therefore, we will be delivering a short tutorials to all students to support them with this transition. We would also encourage parents to discuss with their children the implications of whether or not to wear a mask.

Other Protection Measures

With the exception of face-coverings, all other protection measures will stay the same and remain crucial in helping to keep infections rates low. A brief reminder of these is outlined below:

  • Twice weekly home self-testing – all students, families and staff are encouraged to continue testing on Sunday and Thursday evenings and reporting their results both to the College and the NHS. Please inform us immediately in the case of a positive result by calling 01208 72114 (or 07780 051728 out of hours)
  • Remain vigilant to symptoms reporting them and isolating as per current guidance.
  • Keep indoor spaces well ventilated – windows and doors will be kept open so students are encouraged to bring a coat for cold weather.
  • Continue to wash/sanitise hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Continue to practise good respiratory hygiene – catch it, bin it, kill it
  • Continue with regular cleaning and avoiding the unnecessary touching of shared surfaces/equipment
  • Continue to minimise mixing – staggered timings and year group bubbles remain in place
  • Continue to keep track and trace procedures in place.

A copy of our updated risk assessment will be available on our website shortly.

We will, of course, continue to remain vigilant to the local and national situation informing you of any changes as appropriate.

I would like to thank you once again for your ongoing support and the inspiring response from our students, it is greatly appreciated. As always, should you have any questions or concerns please see the Covid19 information , Parent FAQs or get in touch using the contact us section of our website.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams
Principal