Parents have reacted in anger to a school’s demand that children pack six face masks per day to allow for coverings to be changed between every class.
The request has come from staff at the Dr Challoner’s Grammar in Amersham, Buckinghamshire – which has 1,300 pupils on its register.
The plans were unveiled to parents in an email that was sent out to suggest fresh face coverings would be required for all staff and pupils throughout the day.
With five lessons set throughout the day and a further fresh covering requested for travel home at the end of the day, it would mean those attending the school would need six masks per day to comply with the fastidious plans.
The Sun reports the school has 1,300 pupils and 200 staff meaning a total of 1,500 people would require six masks per day – totalling 9,000 per day or 45,000 per week.
Fuming father David Meacock, 54, grumbled to the publication: “If all schools did this, I doubt the UK has the capacity to provide this many masks even if parents could afford it. If this is what’s required to keep schools safe then the reality is that it isn’t possible.
“It goes without saying that even reusable masks should also be changed each time. The only difference between the two is that the reusable one can be washed rather than being thrown away.
The dad went on to argue that forking out for re-usable face masks would still end up being costly.
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He argued at least 12 washable masks would be required per child for them to have six to take to class one day while the other six would be at home being washed and dried.
Mr Meacock estimates the cost for 12 reusable masks could be as much as £120 per child.
According to The Sun, pupils who do not wear masks will be "challenged", while the statement emailed by the school reads: “If a student is wearing a disposable mask, this will be viable only for one journey.
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“They will need a fresh mask for each lesson change and the homeward bound leg of their travel.
“On arrival, the student must dispose of the mask into a bin.”
Daily Star Online have contacted Dr Challoner’s Grammar for comment.
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