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.
The Department for Education (DfE) announced on Tuesday (6 April) that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary schools and college classrooms after the Easter break.
Those who rely on visual signals for communication, or speak to or provide support to those individuals, are still exempt from any requirement to wear face coverings in schools or in public places.
It is expected that face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than 17 May. At that point, the next easing of restrictions, including increased social contact indoors, will be confirmed following a review of the latest data on infection and vaccination rates.
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.