A SCHOOL has said all students no longer need to wear face coverings, despite two coronavirus cases over the last four weeks.

Year 10 students are now back at Wigmore School, near the county's border with Shropshire, after being told to self-isolate.

The schools has had two confirmed Covid-19 cases so far, one in Year 10 on October 7 and one on September 23 in Year 5 on September 23.

After the case at Wigmore High School, executive headteacher Dr Rob Patterson said all students in Year 7 and above would be required to wear a face covering in all indoor areas, unless exempt.

RELATED NEWS: These Herefordshire schools have confirmed coronavirus cases

The school said it would review by October 16 and decided yesterday (october 15) that face coverings would no longer be mandatory as the risk is "reduced".

In a letter to parents on Thursday, Dr Patterson said: "Tomorrow we welcome our Year 10 students back to school and we’re looking forward to seeing them.

"We’ve been hugely impressed (but not surprised) by their engagement in online learning and, by maintaining our normal school day for them, we are optimistic that there has been very little lost learning time."


He added: "Having got through the incubation period of the virus case in Year 10 without any further cases indicates that the level of risk to us as a community at the moment is reduced and so from tomorrow [Friday] we can return to removing the requirement for all students to wear face coverings inside at the High School.

"Of course, all our other mitigation measures will remain in place and (given the increasing prevalence of the virus nationally) we will continue to require High School students to wear face coverings on school transport.

"As an area in the ‘medium risk’ category, there is no government expectation for us to require children to wear face coverings in school, however we believe this will be an important additional measure should the need arise again in the future."