Pupils 'to wear masks in secondary school classes' as Omicron spreads

According to reports, students in secondary school will wear masks again as they fear the absence of staff could cripple classes.

Children are asked to wear masks, but are not asked to do so in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Education officials say the “short-term” recommendation will be reviewed on Jan. 26 but could be extended. reports the mirror.

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The government also says it is buying around 7,000 air purifying devices for classrooms “where quick solutions to improve ventilation are not possible, such as opening a window”.

But with nearly 25,000 schools in England, the vast majority will miss the equipment.

Dr. Mary Bousted, Joint Secretary General of the National Education Union, said: “Ultimately, the government has had to recognize and respond to the extent of the Omicron variant and its potential impact on education.

“The recommendation to wear face masks in secondary school classrooms is overdue – but should be a requirement.”

The number of air purification units was “totally inadequate for what should be a basic human right, providing clean air in every classroom,” she added.

Dr. Bousted continued, “The fact that the government provided the additional cleaners shows that they recognize the problem, but with over 300,000 classrooms in England, they have not found an effective solution.”

It comes as schools are expected to be crippled by teacher absences as Omicron roams the UK.

The Ministry of Education then reduced the Ofsted inspections. There will be no secondary inspections this week, and schools severely affected by the staff’s illness may request a postponement of any visits that may have been scheduled beyond this.

However, teaching unions say more infection control measures are needed to ensure the worst-hit schools can stay open.

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