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Face masks in classrooms set to be scrapped for pupils in Scottish schools

Secondary school students in Scotland will be able to attend classes with no need to wear a uniform face maskThis is the first time I have done this in over a decade.

Daily Record reports that SNP ministers are expected to publish updated guidance on covid for teachers in the next week as a result of a review by health professionals.

According to the draft document, the government intends to remove the requirement that secondary school staff and students must wear it. masksIn class after the October holidays.

As it stands, secondary school students must wear faceThey should cover themselves at all times while inside – so they spend more time in them masksRather than the majority of adults.

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The new guidance will state that students must still wear coverings while walking between classes indoors.

The Times Education Supplement obtained a copy of the paper: “Learners in secondary schools will no longer be required to wear face coverings in class, although they will still be required in communal areas.

“Staff should continue to wear face coverings in class if they cannot distance from each other or learners. As previously, learners and staff may still choose to wear face coverings in school.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The government’s decision to ease school mitigations is informed by the views of a number of stakeholders.

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“This includes the expert advice and agreement of the Covid Education Recovery Group, which is made up of representatives drawn from across the education sector. In reaching a decision, it is vital that their views are considered.

“The Cabinet Secretary will consider this advice and intends to make an announcement with further updates on school safety mitigations, as soon as possible – as already set out by the First Minister.”

Oliver Mundell, the Scottish Conservatives’ education spokesman, has been calling for the removal of the face mask rule since the summer.

He said: “The removal of masks in classrooms would be a crucial step in a long-awaited return to normal learning for pupils and teaching staff.

“Key stakeholders, like School Leaders Scotland will be reassured that the SNP Government finally appear to have realised that wearing a mask in classrooms is disruptive to pupil’s learning, as well as being out of kilter with restrictions in other areas.

“These concerns have been repeatedly raised by the Scottish Conservatives since July.

“The proposed changes to mask wearing, and the return of parent evenings are a welcome move.

“The SNP must now outline a route map for the removal of the remaining mitigations in our schools, so our young people can return to normal learning as soon as possible.”

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