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High school pupils across Scotland will be told to wear face coverings


By Val Sweeney

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Education Secretary John Swinney.
Education Secretary John Swinney.

Pupils in Scottish secondary schools will have to wear face coverings in corridors, communal areas and school buses from next Monday.

Education Secretary John Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland this morning the new guidance would apply to all pupils aged over 12.

He said the guidance would be updated based on new advice from the World Health Organisation.

The Scottish Government has been consulting teachers and councils about the introduction of face coverings.

Millburn Academy in Inverness is among those already asking its pupils – except those who are exempted – to wear face coverings in certain situations, including when on the bus, moving between classes and in class when asked to by a teacher or pupil support assistant.

Grantown Grammar School in Grantown-on-Spey has also introduced a similar policy.

Related article: Highland secondary school pupils could be advised to wear face masks



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