UK Pupils must keep wearing face masks after Easter, government says last minute news


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- Pupils will need to continue wearing face masks in class after the Easter holidays - but the government has said they may not be needed after May 17

UK Pupils must keep wearing face masks after Easter, government says last minute news


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- Pupils will need to continue wearing face masks in class after the Easter holidays - but the government has said they may not be needed after May 17

UK Pupils must keep wearing face masks after Easter, government says last minute news
06 April 2021 - 15:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Children must continue to wear face coverings in secondary schools and colleges after the Easter holidays, the government has announced. The precautionary measure will remain in place for at least the next six weeks following a review of the regulations. Secondary school and college students are currently expected to wear face coverings in classrooms as well as in other communal areas. The government said it expects the rules on face coverings in schools to be lifted at Step 3 of the lockdown roadmap, which will take place from May 17 at the earliest. Other safety measures will remain in place, including regular asymptomatic testing, smaller group bubbles, increased hygiene, ventilation, and social distancing where possible, the government said. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "The return to school and college from 8 March has been an incredible success and I would like to thank staff, parents and pupils for their compliance with the guidance on reducing transmission of the virus. Our latest data also showed that attendance in school remains higher than at any point during the autumn term. Do you think children should wear face masks in school? Have your say below "On top of the protective measures previously in place such as regular handwashing and ventilation, we introduced face coverings in the classroom for secondary schools and colleges to help reduce transmission in parallel with the introduction of twice weekly testing.

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. We obviously all want to get back to facemask-free classrooms and we will do this in line with the latest scientific data while balancing the interests of students, teachers and the wider community." Students are required to wear face coverings in communal areas (Image: PA) Those who are currently exempt from wearing face coverings will remain so, including pupils or staff who are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate. The government said that the ongoing review of evidence on the use of face coverings in schools and colleges took into consideration a number of factors including scientific evidence and data from PHE and stakeholder intelligence gathered by the Department for Education. Professor John Simpson, Head of Public Health Advice, Guidance and Expertise Pillar (PHAGE) at Public Health England, said: "The return to school after Easter will allow us to continue monitoring the impacts of measures to reduce the spread of Covid, as we encourage families to test regularly. "Wearing face coverings in secondary schools is an extra control measure to reduce the risk of transmission to support children continuing their education in the classroom." Regular rapid testing will also continue in schools and colleges, the government said. Read More Related Articles Further trials of vaccines in children to come - but no plans for them to get Covid 'passports' Read More Related Articles 125 Greater Manchester schools hit by Covid since the start of term

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