Government give go ahead for children to wear masks from third class up
New measures are coming in.
Primary schools from third class up have been given the go-ahead and will now be required to wear face coverings in schools until February, the Independent reports.
The Department of Education issued guidelines to schools on Tuesday evening which include what exemptions will apply.
The new rule was recommended by Nphet last week, and is set to come into effect immediately and will later be reviewed in February.
Face masks and coverings are already compulsory for children in post-primary education, with exceptions for certain students in medically certified circumstances.
The exemptions that will apply to primary students in the same situations include a person with a breathing difficulty, a person who is unable to remove a covering without assistance, anyone who has special needs and may be upset or uncomfortable while wearing a covering.
When it comes to mixed year classes in schools, it will only be children from third class that will be required to wear the coverings.
While there is some objection from parents, it is expected that principals will be given time to implement the new rules.
This comes as the Government is bringing in new measures to prevent a further rise in cases, as the incidence rate of Covid in 5-12 year olds is the highest in the community.
An antigen testing system was introduced to primary schools yesterday with more than 7,000 requests to the HSE for test kits.
Children from third class up will also be required to wear face coverings in supermarkets, shops and on public transport.