Coronavirus: more and more schools ask students to cover their faces

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For most schools in Scotland, wearing face masks is currently optional


More and more schools are advising students and staff to wear masks to help fight the coronavirus.

Grantown Grammar School in Grantown on Spey and Millburn Academy in Inverness said masks must be worn between classes.

Scottish children are currently not required to wear masks in primary or secondary schools.

But Nicola Sturgeon said that advice could change for high school students in the “near future.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines saying children over 12 should wear masks and the EIS union posted a Twitter message that it would ” [the] The Scottish Government further on facial coverage protocols in light of WHO advice.

In a letter to parents, Grantown Grammar School explained that the changes are being introduced because “the hallways are increasingly crowded between classes and at break and lunch times, even with the one-way system.” .

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Millburn Academy in Inverness has asked students to cover their faces


Similar concerns about overcrowding as students move between classes sparked the introduction of face masks at James Gillespie High School in Edinburgh.

The letter to parents from Millburn Academy in Inverness also calls for masks to be worn on school buses.

The Scottish government has said there is currently no evidence that the coronavirus in young people is transmitted in schools.

A growing number of students have tested positive for Covid-19, but the government believes the infection has been transmitted in other settings, such as house parties or other indoor gatherings.

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