Speaking about the Education Minister’s announcement that face coverings ‘should’ be worn in communal areas, in secondary schools and colleges and on school transport, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“That everyone should be wearing masks in a communal setting of a secondary school or college and on school transport is a step in the right direction. It is clearer as a directive than asking heads to do individual risk assessments.

“We can see now that the virus is spreading in schools. We have more and more information all the time, and our priority must be keeping both learners and staff as safe as possible.

“Our members would be keen to see face coverings being warn in classrooms in secondary schools too. We need to do everything to make sure that we stop young people catching the virus in school or college and taking it home to more vulnerable family members. We think face coverings in the classroom could help protect the health and wellbeing of staff and learners alike. So, we are pleased to see the Minister has not ruled this out in future.”

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Contact: David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818.  Mob: 07815 071164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

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