Mandatory face masks in schools? Here’s what Greater Manchester parents think

Greater Manchester residents have talked about whether they think children should wear face masks at school.

A school in Bury has recently reintroduced the rule following an increase in covid cases.

Earlier in the week, the education secretary was refused to rule out the possibility of children being asked to wear masks again.

But there were mixed reactions to the news on the streets of Greater Manchester.

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Emma Paul, an administrative assistant from Levenshulme, told MENNE that she did not think it was appropriate for children of primary school age to be asked to wear masks, but she did support other covid measures.

“I have a 7-year-old daughter who goes to primary school, and I do not think it is right to ask them to wear face masks.

My daughter has asthma, and [wearing a mask] just want to bring it on even more. She does not have severe asthma, it is quite mild, but it would just trigger it. ”

“What I think should continue is the bubble system and the one-way system and the sink,” the 35-year-old said.

“My daughter’s school is pretty good at it – they do not make the bubble system, but they still wash their hands and monitor what the children are doing, which I think is a really good thing, and I think other schools should continue to adopt that.

“High school is a little different. Children are older, it is more suitable. ”

Emma Paul said schools should continue to introduce covid measures

Claire, 60, of Trafford, said it should be mandatory for children to wear masks in high schools.

“I think children should wear face masks at school. I do not have children myself, but I have nieces and nephews.

“On the political side, I think we should still wear them in the next few months that I have one on because I just had surgery.”

The customs agent from Trafford said she did not think younger children should be asked to carry them as they may not understand the situation.

“But from the age of 11, I think it’s appropriate. I’ve just been on MRI now, the university is just full of students walking around without care in the world, and I think it should be up to them.

“They will be classified as adults at 16, so they must also respect people.”

Janet Henry, a former teacher from Heywood, said masks are appropriate in corridors, but not actually in the classroom.

“I do not think they should actually wear them in the classroom, no. You can not teach properly because you can not tell what they are saying and then you have children with autism and anxiety who find it really hard to wear masks.

“I think keep it when you meddle in large areas, but not in the classroom.”

Janet Henry is a retired teacher from Heywood

Amy, a teacher from Cheadle Hulme, told MENNE that she thought masks could be “a distraction” even for middle school kids.

“I do not think I would be particularly happy for them [having to wear face masks] in primary age I think they would struggle to keep them on all day.

“I think it distracts from actually learning if you’re uncomfortable with it, so I do not think it should be so in the first age.”

The 37-year-old said that children in secondary school “could do better”, but they could still face problems.

“I still think it can be a bit of a distraction and hard for them to wear all day, I would not wear it all day.”

Stephanie Bowler, 36, said kids in high school had to wear masks because they were able to understand why they were wearing them.

“Personally, I feel that face masks are obviously a preventative measure, and if it’s something that is not too harmful to children’s well-being, I can not really see the problem of them wearing them if it prevents the spread of infection.”

However, the mother of a three-year-old boy said it could be difficult to ask elementary school-aged children to wear masks.

“My son will carry one if I have one on and he likes it – basically if it has dinosaurs on it will carry it – but I think forcing them to do so can cause more stress for and it’s actually not good for anyone. “

Stephanie Bowler said masks should be worn if they do not adversely affect training

Nicola Lincoln, an official from Sheffield, has children in both primary and secondary school.

“Our children have used them and it does not seem to bother them. Personally, I do not think face masks do much, quite frankly, but that is my opinion. “

Her partner Anthony Lincoln told MEN that middle school kids should be allowed to make their own decisions about wearing a mask.

“I think a kid in middle school is old enough to make his own decision and they can use their judgment.”

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