Wishart: face coverings “a sensible precaution” on school transport

Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart MSP has said face coverings would be a “sensible precaution” on school transport, and questioned the Education Secretary about government advice on the matter.

Speaking virtually in Parliament Ms Wishart said she had been contacted by parents wondering if the right precautions are in place to keep pupils safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in schools. Current guidance says mask are to be worn on public transport, but are not mandatory on dedicated school transport.

This comes as the EIS today called on the Scottish Government to “do more on school safety”.

In response Mr Swinney said the government’s Education Recovery Group would continue to discuss advice on the matter.

Commenting, Ms Wishart said:

“There is a logic to wearing face masks on school transport. Pupils who get a Lothian bus, a First bus or in Shetland a ferry to and from school have to wear masks. It wouldn’t pose an impediment to children’s education in the same way wearing a mask in a classroom might.

“The Scottish Government has been clear that controlling the spread of COVID-19 is about balances and trade-offs. Face coverings on school transport would be a sensible precaution to help minimise transmission.”

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