THIS week there’s been lots of debate around whether you should be wearing face masks while at school. Here’s what the Government has been saying.
Government advice is that primary school children don’t have to wear a face mask. The Department for Education (DfE) says primary pupils need “to see facial expressions to develop their communication and language skills”.
If you’re in secondary school in England, the DfE says you should wear a face covering if you’re not able to socially distance, for example, in the classroom. Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said that secondary school students should be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks in classrooms, but hasn’t made it compulsory, as some pupils could be “anxious and nervous”. Another MP has warned that leaving it up to schools to decide could cause chaos.
The Association of School and College Leaders has said it would be much easier for headteachers if the Government could make their guidance on masks “black and white”.
In Scotland’s secondary schools, face coverings will have to be worn at all times, while in Wales and Northern Ireland, face coverings will have to be worn when students can’t be socially distant.
Both primary and secondary schools are likely to be a bit chillier than usual, as the Government has advised that indoor spaces “ventilate”, meaning you should open a window or a door, to let fresh air in and stale air out.
And you might want to bring a hat and scarf into school with you, as lessons may be held with all the windows open!