Graeme Moore writes for The Irish News - Returning schools cannot afford to be complacent

02 Sep 2020

As the schools in Northern Ireland set to return shortly, BLM's Graeme Moore has examined the benefit of the requirement for post-primary pupils to wear a face mask in communal areas and corridors in an article for The Irish News.

Would schools be liable if a child was to contract Coronavirus on the premises and what is the perceived impact on a child's learning and development whilst wearing a mask?

Graeme addresses all these points and more by saying, "The guidance recommends a risk-based approach to be applied to the decision to use of a mask, including factors such as the child's capacity to comply with the appropriate use of masks and availability of appropriate adult supervision. This must be balanced against the potential impact of mask wearing on learning and the child's social development.

"The World Health Organisation published advice on the use of masks for children in the community in the context Covid-19, in association with UNICEF, on August 21 2020. It says, the benefits of wearing masks in children for Covid-19 control should be weighed against potential harm associated with wearing masks, including feasibility and discomfort, as well as social and communication concerns. Factors to consider also include age groups, sociocultural and contextual considerations and availability of adult supervision and other resources to prevent transmission."

To read Graeme's full article, please click here. 

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