Following the recent updated guidance from the Scottish Government, you will no doubt be aware it was announced that face coverings should be worn in Scottish schools and on school transport from Monday 31st August.
A letter from Eleanor Sheppard (Chief Education Officer) was sent out to all parents yesterday detailing the guidance given from the Scottish Government. Within this letter there is a link taking you directly to the government guidance around the use of face coverings.
Within this guidance the exemptions around the wearing of face coverings are also stated, including:
- if you have a health condition or you are disabled, including hidden disabilities, for example, autism, dementia or a learning disability,
- if you are providing care for someone with a health condition or disability, and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety to the wearer or the person in the care of the wearer, or
- because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently
- Individual discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering.
We recognise that many of our pupils will be exempt from wearing face coverings however, if you feel that your child would tolerate wearing a face covering we would be grateful if this could be encouraged.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.