Newark and Sherwood: Face coverings should be worn by staff and students in communal spaces and outside classrooms in secondary schools, says government
Face coverings should be worn by students and staff in certain spaces in secondary schools and colleges, the government has announced.
It has been ruled that members of staff and pupils at these places of education should wear face coverings in communal spaces and outside of classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Primary school children, however, do not need to wear face coverings. Older children and those with special educational needs or disabilities may be exempt from wearing one, depending on the individual's needs.
Primary schools continue to have discretion to recommend staff and visitors wear face coverings in communal spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
This is not a requirement and it is for individual schools to make these decisions locally.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We must put the interests of our children and young people first, especially when the benefits of being in the classroom are clear.
“Children are settled back into their routines and schools have protective measures in place keep their staff and pupils as safe as possible.
“Education is a national priority and we cannot allow it to be disrupted again.”