UK Pupils told to carry on wearing masks after May 17 amid Covid variant last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- While nationally masks are being scrapped in classrooms, it won't be the case in all areas
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Pupils in some areas of Greater Manchester will carry on wearing face masks in the classroom after May 17. While masks are being scrapped in secondary schools and colleges nationally, that won't be the case everywhere because of concerns over the Indian variant. With cases rising in Bolton, the council says a number of schools have already stated they will continue with face masks after restrictions ease. And in neighbouring Bury, the authority has written to schools to ask them to keep using face coverings until further notice. Lynn Donkin, Bolton council's assistant director of public health, said: "We've been talking to a number of our schools and a number of them have reached out to us actually and they've said they want to continue with face coverings. "We absolutely support them in that approach." Read More Related Articles 'We don't want another lockdown' - Bolton schools urge parents to follow rules as Covid cases hit Read More Related Articles Parents welcome scrapping of masks in classrooms Ultimately, she said schools would be making their own decisions on the issue. St Joseph's RC High in Horwich has already warned families that 'the pandemic is far from over', telling parents: "The impact on our school community is nearing what it was at the peak of the pandemic." St Joseph’s RC High School in Horwich (Image: Google) Headteacher Tony McCabe confirmed to the M.E.
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. In Bury, the letter to schools from Julien Kramer, interim assistant director for education and inclusion, says: "In our locality and in neighbouring areas there are cases of a variant of SARS-CoV2) the virus that causes Covid-19). The variant is spreading quickly in nearby areas and has contributed to numbers of people with Covid-19 in some areas almost doubling in a week. What do you think about pupils continuing to wear masks? Will your child be bothered about this? Has your school said what will be happening from May 17? Let us know in the comments here. "Following discussions at the Health Protection Board and with Bury's local director of public health, Bury Council is asking schools to retain the use of face coverings, as per current arrangements, until further notice." It adds: "There have been instances where young people attending school or college have contributed to the spread of the more infectious variant. We believe it would be irresponsible to wait until we have high levels of the newer variants of SARS-CoV2 circulating in Bury before we act." We reported earlier how the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) is expected to hold an emergency meeting today (Thursday) as concerns grow over the rapid spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus. Bolton has an infection rate of 162.4 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending May 8, the second highest in the UK, according to the latest data from Public Health England.
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