New national guidance on face coverings use by pupils and staff
Following an announcement by the Deputy First Minister on Tuesday 25 August 2020, an update to national guidance now recommends the use of face coverings in secondary schools for pupils and staff, with effect from Monday 31 August.
This will apply to staff and pupils when they are moving around communal areas in schools including confined spaces where physical distancing is difficult. Additionally, the use of face coverings will also apply where adults, children and young people aged five and over are travelling on dedicated school transport.
Perth & Kinross Council, alongside its neighbouring councils in Tayside, will now be revising local guidance to reflect this update; and young people, many of whom already wear face coverings in shops and on public transport, will be encouraged to extend their use as outlined above.
It is understood that there will be some staff and young people who cannot wear a face covering for good reasons and that position will be respected.
Staff and pupils should ensure they:
- bring their own face coverings to school;
- store these safely in a washable, sealable bag or container when not in use;
- wash reusable face coverings in hot water at the end of each day; and
- safely and hygienically dispose of disposable face coverings after use.
It is worth remembering also that a face covering can be as simple as a scarf, snood or other piece of cloth to cover the nose and mouth.
The Council will make arrangements for face coverings to be available for pupils and staff where required. Further information on face coverings is available from the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/.
The full return to school guidance including updated guidance on face coverings is available on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-preparing-start-new-school-term-august-2020-version-2/.