St John Plessington Catholic College

Changes in Secondary Schools - update from the Headteacher

Dear Families

You will hopefully have heard the encouraging news that from Monday 17th May 2021 there are changes in some of the current restrictions in place in secondary schools to reduce the transmission of the virus. I thought you would find it helpful for me to clarify what the changes are but also what remains in place.

Will students no longer need to wear facemasks at all in school?

No. This is the big change. Students will not need to wear them either in classrooms, corridors or in communal areas unless there is a local outbreak, in which case they could be reintroduced if Wirral Public Health advised that we should.

Do students still need to wear facemasks on buses and trains?

Yes. The change only applies to students when in school.

Can students still choose to wear a mask in school?

Yes. The choice to do so remains if a student does not yet feel confident to take if off in the building.

Does the hands face space guidance still apply?

Yes. The sanitising on entry to classrooms and cleaning of desks are still crucial as well. Regular sanitising of hands from the dispensers around college as well is still advised.

Will staff be removing facemasks as well as pupils?

No. The advice remains that the school staff should wear masks on corridors and in communal areas and in classrooms where they are not able to remain more than 2m from pupils.

I know that I can rely on you to give the same support to your child not bringing and wearing jewellery to school. Any piercings are an aspect of this and must be removed. As you know, we do not accept the explanation that it cannot be removed because it has only just been done.

We still have occasional incidences of students wearing makeup, including false eyelashes or having had false nails glued on. All of these things must be removed. Nail varnish is also still not allowed and we insist it is removed.

Collectively, we know the impact of these high uniform expectations is to remove barriers to learning and focus on raising standards in our College

Thank you for all you continue to do to support us in creating the learning climate in which our students can thrive. 

Yours sincerely

Ms Maria Sharratt