The government has removed many of the restrictions in schools to help reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education. Of course, it is still necessary to be careful and all schools have a robust risk assessment in place.
Since pupils have returned to school in September, we have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our secondary schools. Our Public Health team has worked closely with all schools to support them to control the spread throughout schools by putting appropriate controls in place.
Unfortunately, cases are still rising, and we have now advised all Salford high schools to return to using face coverings to limit the spread.
Staff and pupils should use a face covering when moving around the school on corridors and all communal areas; this will include all dining areas. Masks can be removed when eating and drinking and when pupils are seated in lessons if appropriate.
The council’s Public Health team will get involved and support the school to manage the outbreak. They may arrange more testing, reintroduce bubbles, or in extreme circumstances restrict attendance at school to stop the spread.
Pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable should attend school, but if you are feeling are anxious, you should speak to your school about your concerns and discuss whether any changes can be made to ensure that your child can regularly attend school.