Face masks in schools
Face masks are not recommended for use in primary school by pupils or staff, except for staff carrying out some types of personal care.
secondary schools can choose to require staff and students to wear face-coverings in communal areas if they believe that it is right in their particular setting. This should only be when moving around the school, for example in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
It will not be necessary to wear them in the classroom, where protective measures mean that risks are lowered, and masks could make learning harder. It is important that staff and students clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before and after touching their face or their face-covering. Face-coverings should be kept securely in a bag when not in use.
We want to make sure that wearing a face mask does not affect your child's ability to learn. We (Hertfordshire County Council) have reminded schools about the guidance on face masks and exemptions for those with hearing impairments, speech, language and communication needs, learning disabilities and sensory issues.
Helpful resources for wearing and encouraging the use of face coverings
Where possible, it's important to try and encourage children and young people to wear face masks. This article has some good advice here about how to support young people in using/tolerating masks. Although this article is specifically about those who have autism many of the tips could be used with most young people who are showing reluctance.