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by Joseph Anderson
28 February 2022
Calls for 'caution' as classroom face coverings scrapped

Calls for 'caution' as classroom face coverings scrapped

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has called for “caution” as rules on wearing face coverings in school classrooms are scrapped.

From today, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face coverings in the classroom, following an announcement by the First Minister earlier this month.

Somerville said: “The last two years have been really tough for our children and young people. Teachers and support staff have also had to operate in a challenging environment, but all have worked incredibly hard to deliver a quality learning experience for pupils.

“The removal of the requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms is a positive milestone - it signals the possibility of a brighter future where schools can regain some normality. And of course, pupils and staff who continue to choose to wear face coverings in class will be supported in doing so.

“We must not to forget that Covid-19 has not gone away - we all still need to be on our guard and exercise caution. Pupils and staff must still wear face coverings in communal areas and distancing rules still apply.

“The last thing I want it to have measures in place for a minute longer than is necessary, but as we have done throughout this pandemic, we will continue to be guided by scientific and expert advice.”

Specific mitigations relating to assemblies and transition visits for learners who will start primary or secondary in August 2022, will also be eased from today.

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