We don’t need no masks in classrooms?

Informed Consent means having all relevant information available about benefits and risks, in this case to make a choice for your child about mask wearing in the classroom.

Wearing or not wearing a mask is very visible and so this choice needs to be supported in light of peer pressure.

Last August, at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister dismissed the wearing of masks in class as ‘nonsensical’. He insisted that ‘you can’t teach with face coverings, you can’t expect people to learn with face coverings’. The new roadmap, however, expects that secondary school children wear face coverings for up to 30 hours a week starting Monday 8th March.

“The government recommends that the use of face coverings in higher education, further education and secondary schools is extended for a limited period to all indoor environments – including classrooms – unless 2m social distancing can be maintained.”
These measures would not be supported by the WHO, unless there was widespread transmission in an area, however, with the R rate less than 1, is this the time to be bringing in these new measures for our secondary school children? For a good summary of the science see
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/

Signatories of an excellent open letter from Us For Them to Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, include Dennis Hayes, emeritus professor of education at Derby University, Ellen Townsend, professor of psychology at Nottingham University, as well as the former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption.

https://usforthem.co.uk
“Upon what evidence is your department relying in order to recommend that masks in classrooms are today necessary – rather than ‘nonsensical’ – now that the four most vulnerable groups have ‘substantial protection’,” the letter asks.

The signatories say that unless the scientific evidence can be published to justify the measure and unless it can be shown that the intervention has been “properly evaluated for potential harms to both psychological and physical health”, it must be reversed. There “appears to have been little or no consideration” given to the negative outcomes of face masksbeing worn in classrooms.

A letter template for parents from the UKMFA references the physical and psychological harms.

https://www.ukmedfreedom.org/resources/template-letters

A group of 32 Tories have written a private letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to ensure that face masks are no longer a requirement in the classroom following the Easter break.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/04/show-evidence-masks-class-drop-measure-gavin-williamson-told

Teaching Unions are in favour of all pupils and teachers in secondary schools having to wear masks and feel that most children themselves may not actually mind. In fact the Unions may actually be the leverage behind this new measure and one head teacher, David Perks, principal at East London Science School, accuses ministers of “pandering to the unions” by changing the guidance. He will defy the guidance.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/26/headmaster-becomes-first-break-ranks-defy-government-guidance/

PS
The industry is booming
global reusable face mask market  reached $19.2 billion by the end of 2020—up from about $1.3 million in 2019.
https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/reusable-face-mask-market