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Face coverings on transport

We have been asked to send out the latest guidance in relation to Face coverings on school and public transport:

Face coverings: In accordance with advice from PHE, children and young people aged 11 and over must wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college. This does not apply to people who are exempt from wearing a face covering on public transport.

A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth. Reusable or single-use face coverings are available for parents and carers to buy. A scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering may also be used but these must securely fit around the side of the face.

Face coverings:

  • may be particularly useful where measures such as distancing and sitting in bubbles or year groups are not possible
  • may help children to feel more confident about using home to school transport, and parents to feel more confident about their child using home to school transport
  • should not be worn by those who may not be able to handle them as directed (for example, young children, or those with SEND) as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission
  • are not a substitute for other protective measures such as good hand hygiene

The guidance is careful to say that some young people are exempt from wearing face masks. At St. George’s we completely accept this but also feel that our young people, if they can, should be taught to protect themselves and take responsibility for protecting others. A large number of young people in school are responsibly following the guidance on wearing face coverings so if at all possible, we would recommend the above advice and guidance.