New Guidance on Face Coverings

We must now inform you that, with the move for all London boroughs to the High Alert Level, all students (excluding those who are exempt) must now wear a face covering as per the Government Guidelines.

We draw particular attention to the section below for advice on the wearing of face coverings in secondary schools.

Where local restrictions apply

Consistent with WHO’s new advice, schools and colleges should take additional precautionary measures in areas where the transmission of the virus is defined as either high or very high under the local COVID alert level framework. Information on the local COVID alert level can be found in the full list of local COVID alert levels by area guidance.

When an area moves to the local COVID alert level ‘high’ or ‘very high’, in education settings where year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and pupils when moving around indoors, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. As in the general approach, it will not usually be necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

When an area moves to the local COVID alert level ‘high’ or ‘very high’, schools and colleges will need to communicate quickly and clearly to staff, parents, pupils and learners that the new arrangements require the use of face coverings in certain circumstances.

All staff at AMSI have also now been instructed to wear a face covering when moving about the school and where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

We thank you for your support in keeping our staff, students and families safe at all times.