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UK News Keep face masks in schools under review, education union says

08:15  25 august  2020
08:15  25 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Government says risk of Covid-19 transmission in schools is limited due to existing controls. Avis Gilmore, the deputy general secretary of the National Education Union , said : “It remains our view that no member of staff or pupil should be prevented from wearing a face mask if they wish to do so and

"The guidance is silent on what schools should do if staff or pupils want to wear face coverings," says Geoff Barton of the ASCL head teachers' union . A Downing Street spokesman ruled out any review on masks in school . In Scotland's secondary schools , face coverings will be used in corridors and

a man in a green shirt: There is debate over whether children should wear face masks at school. File pic © Getty There is debate over whether children should wear face masks at school. File pic An education union has called for the government to keep the issue of face masks in schools under review.

As new evidence emerges, guidance should be re-examined, the Association of School and College Leaders said.

ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton told the Daily Telegraph: "We would expect the government in Westminster to review its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools - which currently says they are not required - in light of the WHO guidance and the consultation taking place in Scotland.

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The Education Secretary said schools would only close as "the very last resort", because children had "missed out on so much by not being at schools ". 'Not in a position to suggest' face masks in schools , says Gavin Williamson. Gavin Williamson has said there is a "clear system of controls for

Face masks chaos as Nicola Sturgeon prepares to order children to wear them in Scottish school corridors and communal areas - while Boris rules them OUT for English teachers Labour's shadow education secretary Kate Green said the issue of masks in schools should be kept under review .

"The evidence is clearly evolving on this issue and it is important that it is kept under review and that clear direction is provided to schools."

His words come amid a continuing fight over whether it is safe for students and teachers to return to the classroom over the coming weeks.

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Schools can use 'discretion' on masks , says Williamson. The Government is not recommending older students and teachers should wear face masks Scotland’s impending face mask announcement for classrooms comes after 17 staff and two pupils tested positive for coronavirus at a school in Dundee

The school said masks , face coverings and visors would be available free of charge to anyone who had lost or forgotten their own. A Scottish government spokesman said : "The safety and wellbeing of pupils and school staff is a top priority, and the guidance published ahead of the new term sets out

More than 40,000 people have died after testing positive for the coronavirus and there are fears that reopening schools could spread the disease further.

The Scottish government is expected to confirm its decision on face masks in schools soon, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said children aged 12 and over should wear them.

No plans to review whether pupils in England should wear face masks, says No 10

  No plans to review whether pupils in England should wear face masks, says No 10 The Scottish Government is consulting on whether to recommend pupils and teachers should cover their faces in secondary school corridors.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said measures being adopted by schools to limit the spread of coronavirus meant masks were not required.

Children face mask : Face mask rules explained (Image: EXPRESS). In Scotland however, the Government is consulting on recommending secondary school pupils and staff wear face coverings when moving around schools . Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced Education

She said her government, which had previously said face coverings were unnecessary in schools , was also considering ways of ensuring that teachers had sufficient supplies of free disposable masks in case children arrived without them. Several high schools in Scotland have already implemented the

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her education secretary John Swinney is consulting with teachers and councils on whether to recommend the use of masks in schools.

Unions seize on 11th hour demands for face masks in schools

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Under education regulations, headteachers already have the authority to authorise or refuse permission for the absence of a pupil during term time. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the power still applied during the pandemic. He said : "Unless there's a good reason for absence, we'd be

A Number 10 spokesman said there were "no plans" to review the guidance on face coverings in schools.

He added: "We are conscious of the fact that it would obstruct communication between teachers and pupils."

England's deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries has said evidence on whether children over 12 should wear masks in schools was "not strong".

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said masks were not required as schools were taking measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The government is expected to respond to the WHO guidance during topical questions on Tuesday afternoon.


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