Parents will need to wear masks at school following latest rule change

Parents dropping off and collecting their children from schools and nursery across Renfrewshire will have to wear facemasks, starting from Monday.

New guidance issued by the Scottish Government aims to stem the spread of coronavirus throughout schools.

It states that face coverings should be worn by parents and other visitors to the school site, whether or not they are entering the building. This includes at drop-off and pick up times.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Keeping schools open remains our priority but that can only be the case if schools are safe. There have been tremendous efforts applied by staff and pupils to ensure this is the case and I thank them all for their efforts.

“We constantly review the guidance on school opening along with our local authority partners, trades unions, parental representatives and other stakeholders to ensure we are taking all the necessary measures to ensure our schools are safe. This strengthened guidance, produced in light of updated scientific and health advice, adds to the health mitigations that have been in place since schools opened in August.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney wearing a face covering.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney wearing a face covering.
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“From Monday, there will be increased use of face coverings and new advice to help protect those in the shielding category. 

“It is vital that all the measures are followed rigorously in schools. Doing that – together with the collective efforts of all of us across wider society ­– will help to ensure that schools can safely remain open.”

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The government’s Covid-19 advisory sub group on education and children’s issues has also agreed that children can take part in PE indoors, with appropriate safety measures in place.

This would not apply if a council area is placed into level four.

Daily Record – Paisley