Following guidance from the DfE on the wearing of face coverings and with the safety and confidence of our community in mind, Richard Huish College has made the decision to take the precautionary measure of asking all staff, students and visitors on site to wear face coverings in corridors and in less supervised communal areas (e.g. when queuing for food/drink).
- Everyone will need to wear a face covering in corridors and less supervised communal areas unless they are exempt.
- Staff and students will not need to wear face coverings when outside
- Currently, in line with the Government’s instruction, we do not require students or staff to wear face coverings in classrooms, where they are likely to create significant barriers to teaching and learning and making important social connections.
- All staff and students at Huish will need to take responsibility for supplying and wearing their own face coverings.
- If face coverings are to be effective, they should be worn, stored and disposed of correctly. Please refer to DfE Guidance below.
Safe wearing of face coverings requires:
- cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on
- safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use
- Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.
How to wear a face covering
A face covering should:
- cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
- fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
- be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
- be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
- ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used) unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged
When wearing a face covering you should:
- wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
- avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
- avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
- change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
- avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)
When removing a face covering:
- wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
- only handle the straps, ties or clips
- do not give it to someone else to use
- if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
- if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
- wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed
The WHO video on mask wearing guidance can be found here