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Government Says Children Under No Obligation To Wear Face Masks

The government has instructed schools not to send children home from school if they refuse to wear a face covering or take a coronavirus test. Ministers said that while masks and tests are strongly recommended, they are not a legal requirement and schools must not deny pupils an education for non-compliance.

On Monday, Boris Johnson said that secondary school pupils would have to wear masks during classes. He also stated that they would need to take two lateral flow tests a week. Last night ministers said that these measures are strictly voluntary and that no student should be kicked out if they refuse.

Parents had reacted angrily to Monday’s guidance. Hundreds contacted the campaign group UsForThem. Co-founder Molly Kingsley told The Telegraph:

“It’s great that children will be back in school, but it should not be at any price and certainly not at a price as grave as this. Face masks are an untested intervention and one that many respected academics and doctors have raised serious concerns about from a psychological point of view but also due to the potential physical harm and the long-term effects of face coverings on brain development and educational attainment.”

Parents across the country will be breathing a sigh of relief this morning. This is a significant climbdown by the government. Wearing a facemask eight hours a day could kill a child. That is no exaggeration. Every head teacher in the country should now declare that their classrooms and corridors are mask free zones.

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Rico

Approached my child’s school concerning this issue today, the response was – we are gong to make your kid wear a face mask because we can’t adhere to 1 metre social distancing. Their reply:

Thank you for your email and letting me know your concerns.

As you will know, schools are encouraged to follow DfE and Government guidance – as well as then held accountable for following that same guidance.

The recent guidance around face coverings from the DfE is being taken in to account for our plans for students’ return – which we will communicate at the start of next week.

Below is a current summary from Face coverings in education – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk):

General approach to face coverings

The World Health Organisation published a statement on 21 August about children and face coverings. They now advise that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.”
Nationwide, the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary in education settings generally because a system of controls, applicable to all education environments, provides additional mitigating measures. Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.
Examples of where education leaders might decide to recommend the wearing of face coverings – for pupils, staff and visitors – in communal areas of the education setting include:
• where the layout of the school or college estate makes it particularly difficult to maintain social distancing when staff and pupils are moving around the premises
• where on top of hygiene measures and the system of controls recommended in the full opening guidance to schools and FE colleges and providers, permitting the use of face coverings for staff, pupils or other visitors would provide additional confidence to parents to support a full return of children to school or college

The layout of the school building, and most importantly the available square metre capacity in classrooms, does not allow us to operate in classrooms (chairs and desks) with a 1 metre distance between each student. Also, with the Year Group pod system in place for single faculties areas of transition, we cannot guarantee that 1 metre social distancing at all times.

I too share your concerns about a face covering being worn consistently throughout the day – discomfort and respiratory based elements, similar to those you have mentioned. This is why we are rearranging our break / lunch outdoor space provision for the return of students; this is to ensure we can offer two opportunities during the school day for students to remove their face covering in an outdoor space.

I appreciate that my response isn’t probably the answer you were looking for, but it is an honest appraisal of our thought process and accountability to Health & Safety as set out by the DfE / Government.

My reply to this was –

thanks for your reply, I shall take some quotes from the page you provided a link too:

‘This is guidance, not mandatory activity, and any legal exemptions that apply to the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport also apply to this new advice.

On the basis of current evidence, in light of the mitigating measures education settings are taking, and the negative impact on communication, face coverings will not generally be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. There is greater use of the system of controls for minimising risk, including through keeping in small and consistent groups or bubbles, and greater scope for physical distancing by staff within classrooms. Face coverings can have a negative impact on learning and teaching and so their use in the classroom should be avoided.

Nationwide, the government is not recommending face coverings are necessary in education settings generally because a system of controls, applicable to all education environments, provides additional mitigating measures. Schools and colleges will have the discretion to require face coverings in indoor communal areas where social distancing cannot be safely managed if they believe that it is right in their particular circumstances.’

The points highlighted make use of terms such as, guidance and discretion, and if they believe, the article itself declares itself as not mandatory

This ultimately means that the decision to force children to wear face masks, within a classroom, is in effect the sole decision of the academy. Has the Academy undertaken a risk assessment of the potential health issues, both mental and physical that could occur as the result of forced mask use, which is consequently against the ‘guidance’ shown on the link you provided?

Kafla

Be interesting to hear the outcome of this. More parents need to do this. Good luck.

Urban fox

Hi Kathy, how you. ? Sadly I don’t see this as much of a you turn or victory. The government knows, as do those behind them driving the agenda. That 90% of the parents and teachers will be fully behind mask wearing. Just like the majority of the public are behind all the lockdown and control measures, even now. I would be astonished if the majority aren’t wearing masks when schools reopen. Regardless of whatever the law says.

Because most people ,despite the evidence,still believe every word they are told. My own sister has left her job as a teacher because she is to frightened to work anymore. This is astonishing to me, as the evidence of a total scam is overwhelming. Just as the evidence of the harm of mask wearing is. It’s like the world 🌎 has literally gone insain. And they have all taken the red pill. Like in the Matrix. I think the longer this gos on, the harder it will be to push back. And for that to happen, first people have to wake up and stop believing. And everyday I’M outside and look around me, I don’t see any evidence of that happening, any time soon.

All we can do, is keep spreading the word where we are able. And in the words of Jeremy Corbyn,

RESIST, DEFY, DO NOT COMPLY.

Kafla

I know you’re probably right sadly. I’m actually about to blow a gasket with people.

Urban fox

Correction to my Matrix reference. The blue pill was to send you back to sleep,and keep you in darkness. To go back to the illusion. The red pill, was for those who wanted to see the truth of reality.

Kafla

I watched it for the first time at the weekend. Great film but I heard to the sequels weren’t very good.

Urban fox

Glad you saw it. I enjoyed them all. Love the scean in ,I think number 3. When Laurence fishbourn, makes a speech in the caves of the last human city. Telling the people to rise up and fight. I’ve just got emotional thinking about it. Big softie that I am. Let me know if you watch.

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Kafla

Maybe I’ll get around to watching them one day. Nothing wrong with being emotional.

Rico

A big fan of the matrix movies, I may concede that the sequels lacked a little oomph but were certainly enjoyable. What I have began watching again is the Hunger Games movies, viewing them again in this current totalitarian landscape, is very easy to draw parallels, which only enhances the messaging found within the movies…found myself a tad emotional at times to be honest.

Kafla

I haven’t seen the Hunger Games either. The husband was taking the piss the other day when my sister and I were watching the Matrix. We only have one telly as I won’t have any in the bedrooms or kitchen.

Rico

Put it in your watch list!

Charlie Stevenson

Firstly I would like to say Richie, that you were right. You said during our call to “Tell the missus not to worry so much” and that “the law was on our side”. This was of great comfort to both of us, so thank you. This I think underlines just what an important job you do, you great big baldy backstard. XX

Charlie Stevenson

Secondly I would like to say that this is massively embarrassing for the Johnson Junta. The CPS are already being overloaded with unenforceable Coronavirous fines, and I live in fear of every time the BBC News app chirrups into life. (On my wife’s phone, I don’t have that shyte on my phone).

This infantile, capricious, cavalier and far overreaching style of government is now cemented into the minds of the young generation. Just as the the words “Margaret Thatcher” are often followed by “Milk Snatcherr”, the names of the big players in this government sponsored terrorism will be part of future damning connotations.

Neil Dennis

I wasn’t going to send any of my four children to so-called school if there was no opt out of this evil madness.

Jennie

Well where I am parents are putting masks on little children, toddlers and I’ve even seen a baby in a pram wearing one. They are out in the street wearing them when they should be getting fresh air and vitamin D from sunshine. It seems there’s some flexibility about wearing them in schools in England which is good but unfortunately we don’t have that here in Ireland.

They’ve been upping the fear porn here big time because they are about to roll out the vaccine. People here think there is a massive plague that the masks will protect them from and if you’re not wearing one you are a germ factory that will kill them and their family. I saw a woman doing her gardening in one, I see people wearing them in country lanes with hardly anyone about and most people in the street are wearing them and they will walk in the traffic rather than walk by you if you aren’t.

Young people seem to be totally brainwashed. It’s so sad to see all these healthy, fit young people walking around in masks all the time which will actually damage their health. They should be out having fun, playing sport, going dancing or whatever but they’re not allowed to and they are just submitting to that.

I’m sorry to sound so downbeat but I just cannot get through to people. I feel now that whatever is thrown at them most people will accept it. I would join the underground resistance if I could find one.

Kafla

This is the nearest we are to an underground resistance unfortunately because the sheeple have fallen hook, line and sinker.

Urban fox

I feel every word you’ve said. Round where I’M living its exactly the same. Every time I look over my balcony from my secret Urban Fox lair. People are walking on an almost empty street, which is on a hill,fully masked. Sometimes struggling with heavy shopping. I also have seen increasing numbers of young children wearing them. And the other day, I saw 2 cars one behind the other. Pull out from the private estate down the road. Both drivers were masked in their cars with no other passengers.! I’ve seen 2 joggers wearing them recently as well.

Parents, teachers and pupils will mostly comply, regardless of the law. Just like most businesses will want to see proof of vaccination, regardless of the law. As the public are now policing themselves. And have been fully indoctrinated into the covid cult. And they just refuse to look at anything that challenges their beliefs.

Kafla

I agree with you. We’re the outcasts but I won’t give in to this .

Urban fox

Yeah I’m with you there.

Kafla

Thanks Foxy lol

Rico

Amen to that… the concerning thing is the people I previously considered intellectual falling for this snake oil crap… oldest trick in the book. Them and close family ‘have you had your vaccine?’ ‘I’m so proud to have had mine’..’are you having one?’.. the urge to rattle them like a spray paint tin is huge.

Rico

We are the underground…no doubt being monitored as we type our comments by some dark corner of the 77th Brigades office.

Kafla

You’re right. Sometimes I might be thinking or talking about something and then something comes up on my messages. All weird or is it just coincidence?

Andrea Cook

Hi Richie, thanks for this, I have been worried about how my grandchildren will have been effected by Monday’s news. I have to say I was interested with Molly Kingsley’s comment: “Face masks are an untested intervention and one that many respected academics and doctors have raised serious concerns about from a psychological point of view but also due to the potential physical harm and the long-term effects of face coverings on brain development and educational attainment.”
Aren’t the bloody vaccines another form of untested intervention that many respected academics and doctors have raised serious concerns about? I’m glad parents are up in arms about their kids being tested and masked, but the jabs? Like you said yesterday, the disappearance of flu and OBVIOUS re-branding to covaids, is an open goal on a plate. I despair of people, I really do.
God help us!

Craig

I can’t help but wonder if well programmed (by parents as well as the State) children will bully those who don’t ‘volunteer’: a playground reflection of the adult world.

Kafla

Let’s hope not. It’s hard when you’re young sometimes to stand alone but I pray this is the start of change. Wouldn’t it be great if the majority of teachers don’t encourage this stupidity. Little steps as they say.

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