Face Mask Policy
26 Aug 2020
You will be aware from the news that Scotland is making it mandatory for students to wear face masks when not in lessons. It was also announced last night that this policy will be in place in England for areas in lockdown and that it will be at the discretion of other schools to decide if it is appropriate to implement this in their setting.
Ashby is in a fairly unique position due to it still being an upper school. Like most secondary schools, we are operating year group bubbles, as this is the only way to deliver the KS4 and KS5 curriculum effectively. For most schools, the year group bubble will be between 100-200 students. At Ashby, our year group bubbles are considerably larger than this. Although the risk to the students is low, we are mindful that they can transmit an infection to their wider family.
Due to this, we have made the decision that the wearing of face masks will be mandatory for students and staff when not in the classroom. They will need to apply their mask when moving around the corridors or at break and lunch where they are likely to encounter more people.
In the dining facilities, they can remove their mask once they have their food and are sat down, ready to eat.
If your child travels on a Roberts bus to school, the wearing of a mask is mandatory. The letter you received from the bus company suggested this may not be the case but that was a generic letter sent to all year groups and currently younger students do not need to wear a mask.
I have also arranged with Roberts that the students will be split on the bus as much as possible.
Year 10 and Year 13 students will be on the lower deck with the Year 13 students at the front.
Year 11 and Year 12 students will be on the upper deck with the Year 12 students at the front.
I hope this action reassures you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe while maintaining as normal a school experience as possible.