I write to inform you that due to the increased number of Covid-19 cases linked to in-school transmissions, Thistley Hough Academy, in conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent Public Health, has taken the decision to reinstate the wearing of face coverings for all students and staff in communal areas around the Academy.
Whilst I understand that this may seem a step backwards, we are keen to do everything we can to help to reduce cases, whilst keeping our community as safe as possible.
Therefore, we now request that your child brings a plain face covering with them to school, as well as a plastic, sealable bag to keep them in when not in use. Face coverings should not have any pattern, pictures, logos or words on them and should be a plain colour. Whilst we cannot make this mandatory, we would very much hope that, unless your child is exempt from wearing a face covering due to a disability or other concern, you would support us in our attempts to reduce in-school transmission.
We do have a limited supply of face coverings at the Academy which can be given to students should they forget theirs. However, we do need to point out that the coverings provided by Thistley Hough Academy are not of a clinical or medical quality, and as such do not offer that level of protection to users. Due to this, you are strongly advised to provide your child with their own face covering to use in the Academy. We will only offer face coverings to students as a last resort. Accordingly, Thistley Hough Academy and the Creative Education Trust accept no responsibility or liability in relation to the use of face coverings provided.
I am somewhat disappointed that we find ourselves reverting to these measures, but the safety and well-being of all students and staff remains paramount as always.
I believe that if we continue to work together, we can keep transmission rates in our community as low as possible and keep everyone safe.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and support with this matter.