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Do I have to wear a face mask at school or college?

From the 17th May, you won’t have to wear a face covering in the classroom.

You might feel anxious about this and that’s ok. If you aren’t comfortable removing your mask in class just yet, speak to your school for guidance. Government advice on face masks in school can be found here.

As of the 19th July 2021, face masks aren’t required in all public spaces but are still recommended. You will still need to wear a face covering when entering healthcare settings, such as a hospital or GP surgery.

You should continue to test regularly. All students, families and teachers should keep testing themselves twice a week, to help to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.

Staff won’t have to wear face coverings in the classroom either, but will continue to wear them in areas such as the staff room. However you may notice that some staff continue to wear a mask as a way to protect themselves and others.

Public health experts recommend that schools ask pupils to keep wearing face masks when moving around indoor spaces such as corridors (where it might be difficult to social distance). Your school may put in place different rules to keep everyone in the school community safe and it is important you are aware of and follow your school’s rules.

Face masks might return to classrooms for students and staff if infections in the local area increase.

Public Health England recommend that the best way to reduce the risk of infection is by maintaining 2 metre social distance with people outside of your household and washing hands more often for 20 seconds.

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If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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