Students may wear a plain, appropriate face covering in communal areas if they wish.
This guidance has since been updated here.
Although no Sandwell school or academy is currently classified as Tier 1 in terms of Coronavirus risk and response, we are encouraging students to wear face coverings in communal areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. In classrooms all seating is now forward-facing, and the government currently advise that face coverings are not necessary.
Students in Years 7-9 will be taught in the same room throughout the day, and they should not need to regularly use a face covering. Students in Years 10-13 will need to wear a face covering when moving between lessons.
Students should use a hand sanitiser before and after removing the face covering, and they will need to keep the face covering in a clean plastic bag when not in use. All face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace, and joke or scary face coverings are not permitted. Further guidance from Sandwell Local Authority can be found here.
The incorrect use of masks or face coverings can lead to the spread of infection. Therefore, students using face coverings will need to follow government advice which can be found here. Any student using a face covering inappropriately may be asked to remove it.