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Commenting on the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on masks in schools and colleges, Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“The requirement for wearing face masks was a necessary step in helping to prevent Coronavirus transmission and enable all schools and colleges to reopen fully from 8 March.

“It is important that all decisions on essential control measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 in schools and colleges continue to led by the scientific data and advice to ensure that staff, pupils and the public are kept safe.

“School and college employers are ultimately responsible for the safety of staff and pupils and they will need to ensure that they have taken all appropriate steps, including reviewing their existing risk assessments, in light of the latest advice issued by the Government.”

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