Children as younger as 5 have been requested to put on face masks in class as a part of coronavirus security measures.
In up to date recommendation for the total faculty return, the federal government has really useful secondary faculty pupils put on face coverings in lecture rooms when faculties reopen to all from 8 March in a bid to scale back the danger of Covid-19 transmission.
Guidance for youthful pupils has remained the identical as earlier than lockdown, with kids in major faculties not suggested to put on face masks onsite.
But at the least two major faculties have requested college students put on face coverings at school on their return, The Telegraph first reported.
Selsdon Primary School in Croydon, south London, has requested kids from yr 1 to yr 6 — ages 5 to 11 — to put on face coverings when in class to have the ability to enable them to “play and socialise” with different kids of their bubble.
“They will be taught the safe way to wear face coverings and will be asked to remove them for PE lessons, when eating and when drinking,” mentioned Susan Papas, government headteacher.
“We have introduced this for children in the key worker provision this term and it has been very successful.”
She mentioned kids on the faculty “have quickly become comfortable” with the measure, which has allowed them to “socialise” with classmates extra simply.
Nascot Wood Primary School in Watford has additionally requested pupils to put on “a well-fitted face mask” in lecture rooms when faculties reopen to all pupils.
The faculty, attended by pupils in yr three to yr 6 — ages seven to 11 — instructed dad and mom this was as a result of the school rooms “do not allow adequate social distancing”.
Indoor settings are “more risky” than out of doors ones when it comes to Covid-19 transmission, the college added in its data to folks concerning the full return.
It was one in every of a listing of measures which kids have been following “very well” since January and types a part of a “vigilant approach” that has helped hold the variety of coronavirus circumstances low within the faculty neighborhood, the college instructed dad and mom.
While each major faculties have requested pupils to put on face masks onsite, neither has made this obligatory.
Under new steering for the easing of lockdown in England, the federal government has really useful workers and grownup guests in major faculties put on face masks the place social distancing just isn’t potential, equivalent to in corridors and communal areas, however not chidlren.
It has additionally expanded using face masks to all indoor environments in secondary faculties — together with lecture rooms — except social distancing could be maintained till Easter.
Nick Gibb, the faculties minister, instructed BBC Breakfast on Thursday it was “highly recommended” that college students in secondary faculties wore face masks in lecture rooms when all pupils return “because we want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission in the school”.
However this isn’t necessary, he added.
Also on Thursday, he instructed radio station LBC: “It is more challenging to teach where you have masks on the children and on the teachers, but we have a new variant of this virus which is far more transmissible than the previous variant.”
A Department for Education spokesperson mentioned: “Children in primary schools should not be asked to wear face coverings when they return to school from 8 March.”
They added: “Our regional schools commissioner is working with Selsdon Primary school in Croydon and Nascot Wood Junior School in Watford to make sure they follow the department’s guidance on this issue.”
Additional reporting by Press Association