Face covering ‘required’ from third class upwards

Pupils from third class and up in primary schools are required to wear a face mask or covering, and any claim that a child is exempt must be backed up by a medical certificate, the Department of Education has told schools.

In guidance sent to schools, it says that where a medical certificate is not provided a child or staff member will be refused entry to the school.

However, it also states that in some cases schools will be best placed to identify children whose complex needs are such that the wearing of face coverings may not be possible for them and in such circumstances a medical certificate will not be required for exemption.