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Coronavirus Scotland: Students wear face masks in school


Teachers fear that catching coronavirus will be like a "Russian roulette game" as schools in England prepare to reopen tomorrow.

Concerned staff have described their sleepless nights from a lack of PPE and no forced social distancing in schools. The teacher said the fear took such a toll that she was forced to take antidepressants.

Schools in Scotland have already reopened and thousands of secondary school students have been instructed to wear face masks in common areas and corridors – but not in classrooms.

In England, masks must also be worn in all high school common areas – including hallways – where social distancing is not an option.

School principals were given "flexibility" to take whatever action they felt was necessary – but many concerned educators went to the Mumsnet parenting internet forum claiming their schools were not doing enough.

Students at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow wear face covers as they are mandatory in corridors and common areas

Students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock wear protective face masks when attending class

Students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock wear protective face masks when attending class

Teachers fear that catching coronavirus will be like a "Russian roulette game" as schools in England prepare to reopen tomorrow

Teachers fear that catching coronavirus will be like a "Russian roulette game" as schools in England prepare to reopen tomorrow

Many concerned educators took part in the Mumsnet parent internet forum claiming their schools were not doing enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Many concerned educators took part in the Mumsnet parent internet forum claiming their schools were not doing enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

On a chat threat titled "I wish I wasn't a teacher because of Covid," an anonymous user – based on NebularNerd – wrote: "In my family / friends circle, I am the only one I meet face to face will." Over 150 people a day without PPE, without social distancing, nothing. & # 39;

They add, “I can't help but believe that if I had made another career choice I would not now be confronted with a potentially life-threatening virus and pass it on to my clinically extremely vulnerable husband or elderly parents .

“I'll go to work and try to ignore what's going on in the world and do my best. But I wish I could feel more secure – screens, masks, fewer students, something.

"I hope I am not worried about anything, but it will be difficult to sleep at night."

The user later adds, “I have been a teacher for 13 years with two young children and a large mortgage. Still, I'm thinking of going, but still can't go until Christmas.

“I can't really believe this is happening. The government had MONTHS to put in place some teacher safety measures, but nothing.

"And then there are articles that argue against masks in schools …

& # 39; And beat teachers from every angle …

Rosshall Academy students wear face coverings as it will be mandatory in corridors and common areas

Rosshall Academy students wear face coverings as it will be mandatory in corridors and common areas

Rebecca Ross and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, disinfect their hands

Rebecca Ross and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, disinfect their hands

"I know the transmission is relatively low, but it feels like going to work is like playing a Russian roulette game."

Others rushed to share their thoughts.

One user walking from Motherrunner wrote: & # 39; Same here OP. For the first time in my life, I am taking antidepressants.

"No doubt the usual people will come up and say 'just quit' like it's easy to throw away a 20 year career."

Another added: “We were told no masks, no shields, no PPE. I will work with 4/5 year olds, so no distancing for me either. & # 39;

Today's pictures showed thousands of students in Scotland wearing face masks when the new rules came into effect.

Activities take place in common areas and corridors, but children do not need to wear face covers while they are being taught in classrooms.

The rule also applies to school transport for primary school students aged five and over and for all secondary school students.

Restrictions can be restricted in other areas of life. Gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports fields may reopen from August 31st.

The Scottish government announced the new rules for schools last week, saying while staff and students can continue to wear face coverings if they so choose, it will generally not be required in the classroom as there is more leeway for physical distancing and face coverings one can have an impact on learning and teaching.

However, it remains the case that face coverings should be worn when adults cannot keep a distance of two meters and interact face-to-face for more than 15 minutes.

Indoor activities for children are not yet allowed in Scotland.

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “There is growing evidence that face coverings can provide some protection for both the wearer and those around him.

“We also know that some students have found it very difficult to physically distance themselves in school, which could increase the risk of transmitting the virus.

"And in school traffic as well as in public transport there can be a mix of different age groups."

He added, "We want to continue to protect what we have achieved in suppressing the virus and reopening schools and doing what is best for children in schools."

Leah McCallum, Rebecca Ross, and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, put on their face masks because, from today, secondary school students will have to wear face covers when moving around school

Leah McCallum, Rebecca Ross, and Sarah Watt, S4 students at St. Columba's High School in Gourock, put on their face masks because, from today, secondary school students will have to wear face covers when moving around school

Students imagined wearing face coverings in the corridor when they returned to school at St Columba's in Gourock, Scotland

Students imagined wearing face coverings in the corridor when they returned to school at St Columba's in Gourock, Scotland

Students envisioned face covering when they returned to Rosshall Academy in Scotland

Students envisioned face covering when they returned to Rosshall Academy in Scotland

Mr Swinney has stressed that students will not be excluded from school if they do not wear face covering.

It follows the government's U-turn on face masks for schools in England, with officials declaring they should be worn in school corridors in areas that are off-limits.

The masks have also been mandated in high school common areas where social distancing is not possible, while their principals have been given "flexibility" to introduce any further measures they deem necessary.

The change took place on August 26th, just six days before millions of students were due to return to the classroom.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the change follows updated guidelines from the World Health Organization that require children over the age of 12 to wear masks.

Rosshall Academy students in Scotland adhere to coronavirus restrictions and do not wear face masks

Rosshall Academy students in Scotland adhere to coronavirus restrictions and do not wear face masks

Students over the age of 12 must wear face masks under government guidance

Students over the age of 12 must wear face masks under government guidance

The students imagined pouring into the Rosshall Academy in Glasgow on the first day of the new semester

The students imagined pouring into the Rosshall Academy in Glasgow on the first day of the new semester

Families queue for school uniforms at the last minute for three hours

On the way back to school, families had to queue for up to three hours to get wind and drizzle for new uniforms.

With many reopening next week, some parents left it late to pick up essentials. The line for Uniform Direct in Grimsby was several meters.

One mother, Marina Parker, said, “There should be one more line for people collecting and one for those ordering. It took me three hours. & # 39;

Margaret Rodger went with her daughter to buy uniform and said, “It's ridiculous. A woman turned her head and asked the staff if she could only pick up what she had ordered. She was told she still had to line up like everyone else. She said she was a nurse and couldn't wait. & # 39;

Announcing the U-turn, Williamson said, “Our priority is getting children back to school safely. We listened to the latest medical and scientific advice at every stage.

& # 39; We have therefore decided to follow the new advice from WHO. In local restricted areas, children 7 years and older should wear face covers in common areas.

“Outside of the local restricted areas, no face covering is required in schools, although schools have the flexibility to introduce measures if they believe it is appropriate in their specific circumstances.

"I hope these steps will give parents, students and teachers further security."

According to the advice of the World Health Organization, children 12 and over should wear face masks.

From Monday, gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports fields in Scotland can reopen under supervision.

This is two weeks before the previous September 14th date that was plotted.

Scotland recorded only 160 new cases of coronavirus and no other deaths on August 31.