Opening windows ‘more effective than masks’ in stopping Covid transmission in schools

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He said he hoped the vast majority of pupils would volunteer to use the lateral flow tests.

Primary school children will not need to take a rapid coronavirus test when they return to class.

On face coverings, Mr Gibb told BBC Breakfast: “We are saying it is not mandatory for schools to have masks in classrooms but it is highly recommended because we want to do everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission in the school.”

His comments come after the National Deaf Children’s Society warned that the government’s recommendation for face coverings to be worn could have a “devastating” effect on youngsters with hearing difficulties.

The Department for Education (DfE) has said teachers should continue to be sensitive to the additional needs of their pupils, such as deafness, in deciding whether it is appropriate to wear a face covering.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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