Recent Covid-19 developments show that we must all remain vigilant. Spikes in Grampian, Borders and Tayside show that Covid-19 cases can rapidly multiply and re-emerge as a significant challenge. So, it’s crucial that we follow guidelines to protect ourselves and others.
Our schools have reopened, our libraries, museums and galleries are reopening, and we’re preparing to reopen our leisure facilities. It would be a great shame if the sacrifices and efforts made were undone by dropping our guard.
It’s vital that our young people follow the latest Scottish Government guidance, wear face coverings in schools and on school transport, and that all of us stick to the FACTS.
If we all work together, we can defeat Covid-19. Please take care of yourself and others.
Face Coverings in Schools
From Monday 31 August 2020, all young people and staff in secondary schools will be expected to wear face coverings between lessons.
All young people over the age of 5 who use school transport to get to and from school will also be expected to wear a face covering for the full journey.
The Scottish Government’s updated guidance is a further step to ensure that everyone is doing what they can to limit the potential spread of Covid-19 in their school community.
There are, of course people for whom wearing a face covering is not appropriate, which is why there are already exemptions in places such as supermarkets for people with breathing difficulties or some disabilities. So, there will also be young people for whom it isn’t appropriate to wear a face covering in school. Schools will discuss this with pupils and parents.
Staff and students can wear face coverings in class if they want to. But, face coverings aren’t generally necessary in classrooms as there is greater scope for physical distancing. Face coverings can also negatively impact on learning and teaching.
However, where adults can’t maintain a 2m distance and are interacting face-to-face for a sustained period (around 15 minutes or more), face coverings should be worn.
Young people and staff will be expected to provide their own face covering to use in school. Schools will have stocks of disposable face masks if someone has forgotten to bring their face covering, has lost it, or it gets dirty.
A pupil who has forgotten their face covering will still be able to get on the school bus but we expect that all pupils using school transport will wear a face covering as responsible members of their school community.