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Gov calls for face coverings to be worn in education settings

Mon, 29 Nov 2021

The Manx Government is callling for all secondary and UCM students, staff and visitors will be expected to wear face coverings in all of the Island’s educational settings from tomorrow.

Following Public Health advice, primary school students will not be expected to wear face coverings but students in year 5 and 6 are encouraged to do so.

It follows measures announced yesterday evening by the Chief Minister aimed at limiting the spread of the newly identified Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Julie Edge MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said: “I fully support this decision and expect all staff, all secondary and UCM students and all visitors to wear a face covering in our educational settings unless there is a medical reason why they are unable to do so.

“Making our educational settings as safe as possible for our staff and students, and maintaining face to face learning both for the immediate and longer-term, are still our key priorities. Attendance at school remains compulsory, and we ask that all parents and carers support us with this approach by helping their children understand the importance of wearing a face covering.

"I want to thank staff, students and their parents for their continued effort and support. Face coverings play an important role in protecting others from any circulating winter illnesses. This approach will be most effective if everyone plays their part.”



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