ASCL comment on face coverings

25/08/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders following the decision in Scotland over face coverings in schools.
 
Following the decision in Scotland over face coverings in schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

It would be prudent in the light of the decision in Scotland over face coverings in schools, and the recent guidance by the World Health Organisation, for the government in Westminster to review its existing guidance that face coverings are not required in schools in England, and provide clear direction one way or another.

We have two concerns. First, parents, pupils, and staff, will be anxious about the situation and need reassurance from the government about the public health basis for its policy over face coverings in England, rather than it being left entirely to schools to explain the government’s rationale. And, second, if there is going to be any U-turn by the government that it does this sooner rather than later because the start of the new term is imminent.