1st September 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on 25 August, everyone must now use face coverings in crowded spaces and in transit in our school community from next Monday 31 August.

We expect young people will want to wear their own face covering but we will have additional supplies in school for anyone who forgets or who wishes us to provide one. You may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example:

  • you have a health condition, or you are disabled, including hidden disabilities, for example, autism (ASD), a learning disability, pain or severe distress or anxiety to the wearer or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently

Individual discretion will be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering.

Young people with exemptions due to ASD will receive an exemption card from Mr Tully, these cards will operate like a toilet card.  Learners who think that they qualify for an exemption because of health conditions can get a card from the office.  The office team will cross check with the SEEMIS list of medical conditions.  Young people with conditions not listed will need a letter from their parents and will then receive an exemption card.

We will deal with exemptions with great sensitivity, young people will not wear this card around their neck – they can show teachers the card discretely and this will save the need for them to explain themselves repeatedly.

If you have any concerns, please contact me directly.

Kind regards,

Mr S. Kelly

Stephen Kelly
Twitter: @LibertonHighHT