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School Update 17.9.2020

September 17, 2020

Face coverings

You may have seen on local news that the seven local authorities across the North East (Sunderland City Council, Newcastle, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Durham) issued a joint request to local government earlier in the week, asking to introduce stricter COVID-19 prevention measures in response to rising infection rates across the North East. 

A formal government announcement was made at midday today regarding the increase of restrictions in Sunderland and across the North East. Included in these restrictions is the mandatory use of face coverings in corridors and communal areas of schools for pupils in Year 7 and above, as well as staff and visitors. Further information about face coverings in schools is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education.

Additional information about the wider restrictions on our region can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/coronavirus. We will continue to share with you any further relevant information but in the meantime, if you have any questions please do let us know. 

Some pupils and staff are exempt from wearing face coverings because:

  • They can’t put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • They are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate

Positive cases of covid-19 in school

Please remember that if someone in your schools tests positive they can return to school once they have completed their 10 day isolation period, as long as they are well and no longer have a fever.  If they experience any diarrhoea or vomiting, they need to be 48 hours clear of these symptoms before returning.  People do not need to access a further test before ending their isolation or returning to work or school.

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk