4th September 2017
Update regarding Earrings in PE
As you will be aware, we follow the advice of the county and recommend best health and safety practice with regard to children wearing earrings in PE. Our policy has been:
No earrings should be worn in PE.
Children should remove own earrings and store them safely or parents should remove them before the start of the school day.
Under no circumstances will staff remove them for children.
Parents cannot give permission for earrings to stay on in PE.
There have been a few instances when children have been unable to remove earrings (for examples because of an infection) and because of this those children have been unable to take an active part in PE lessons. I know parents have been as concerned about this as we have been so we are going to make a slight alteration to our PE guidence following the advice from the Association of Physical Education.
It remains the policy that all earrings should be removed before a child takes part in PE and that they should be removed by the child or by the parent before school.
In the small number of cases where there is a long-term problems with this, we will allow children to participate with their ears taped under the following circumstances:
Children have ears taped by parents before school or
Children bring in suitable tape and do it themselves (neither staff nor other children should be asked to do this);
Earrings are flat and not protruding or hoops of any kind (hoops are inadvisable under all circumstances at school);
Parents have written to school to confirm the situation;
Teachers will assess that the activities taking place in the lesson are safe and do not present an unnecessary risk to those children. Where safe participation cannot be assured then the pupil cannot take part in that element of the lesson.
I hope this clarifies the policy for parents.
I hope you have had a wonderful summer break. I am sorry I am not there to welcome you all back but my long waited for operation has been brought forward due to health complications I have had over the summer. Later this week I will be having my operation and it looks like my anticipated return will be after the October break. I will be in school for a few days, ensuring that Mrs Matter, Mrs Perry, Mrs Jordan and Mr Cox have a thorough hand over and all important and relevant information is passed on. I will be leaving you all in Mrs Matters capable hands, any issues, questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Matter or any other members of the senior management team.
Looking forward to October already.