From Monday secondary school pupils in Scotland will have to wear a face coverings in communal areas and corridors.
Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney said on Tuesday, that they are acting on the advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for children aged over 12-years old.
Swinney told the BBC, “From 31 August young people over the age of 12 in secondary schools should habitually wear face coverings when they are moving around schools and corridors and in communal areas where it is difficult to deliver the physical distancing.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma told Sky News on Tuesday that there is no “current plan” for schools in England.
He told Sky News, “Public Health England has been very clear that they do not recommend the wearing of face masks in schools.
“And the reason for this is because pupils are obviously mixing in the same cohorts.
“We’ve also provided, through Public Health England, guidance in terms of how schools can keep children safe, how they can keep teachers safe and how schools can be COVID-secure environments.
“So, there is no current plan to review that particular advice.”
However, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England said that schools in England should be able to tell staff and pupils to wear face coverings.
She told Sky News, “Some schools feel they do want to have face masks for staff and for older children because it would give more reassurance to parents and to teachers and the community,” she said.
“I think in that situation, so be it.
“I think there is enough of a mandate already, from my reading of the guidance, to enable schools to do that if needed.”