Covid-19: face coverings in secondary schools

Following Welsh Government guidance released 26 August, Newport City Council has decided that secondary school pupils should wear face coverings in communal areas where social distancing is not possible over prolonged periods of time.

Where a school is able to minimise the need for pupils to be in a communal area for a prolonged amount of time, the use of face coverings is not required.

Each school will undertake a risk assessment and make a decision about the use of face coverings based on expert advice and with consideration of any pupils who may be exempt. 

The most important controls to prevent infection are hand and surface hygiene, maintaining separate groups of pupils and staff, avoiding close face to face conversations and careful 2m social distancing.  

The use of face coverings in secondary schools will remain under review.

Further information

View Welsh Government guidance on the use of face coverings in schools and colleges 

View the Welsh Government review of evidence relating to face coverings for children and young people in education settings 

View Welsh Government back-to-school guidance, including face-coverings