The Mandatory Face Masking of School Children

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Dear Department for Education,

Forced Face Masking of School Children

I would like to see your risk assessment regarding the forced face masking of school children in England, I specifically would like to see that you have addressed the following risks re the wearing of face masks

reduced oxygen supply
bacteria growth
short and long term psychological damage

and evidence that the wearing of face masks actually reduces the contagion of COVID-19

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lewis

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear  Paul Lewis 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 31 March.

A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the
departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should
be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated
reference number 2021-0021007. 

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 31 March
2021. You asked the following:

I would like to see your risk assessment regarding the forced face masking
of school children in England, I specifically would like to see that you
have addressed the following risks re the wearing of face masks:

* reduced oxygen supply
* bacteria growth
* short and long-term psychological damage and evidence that the wearing
of face masks actually reduces the contagion of COVID-19.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

Turning to the first element of your request, I believe that we responded
to your question around risk assessment on face coverings in our response
to your Freedom of Information request with case reference number
2021-0019870.  I attach this for your information.

In response to your request about addressing the risks of wearing face
coverings in particular assessing reduced oxygen supply; bacteria growth
and short and long-term psychological damage, I have established that the
Department does not hold the information you requested. This is because
Public Health England (PHE) are the lead department for providing
government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public
with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. PHE
provides specialist public health advice to the Department for Education
(DfE) in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is on the
basis of their advice that DfE’s recommendations on face coverings are
made.

Although the Department does not hold this specific information, we
recognise that the wearing of face coverings may impact communication and
mental health. The Secretary of State for Education made this decision to
continue current policy regarding face coverings in education based on the
latest public health advice balanced with intelligence on the impacts of
face coverings on education and children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The decision to continue the current policy is a cautious approach that
will help limit the risk of transmission and enable a close monitoring of
school and college returns. We will seek to remove face coverings at the
first safe opportunity, given the negative impact face coverings may have
on communication in the classroom.

As part of the ongoing face coverings review, DfE worked with PHE to
consider a range of evidence, balancing both the health and educational
considerations. This included the latest public health advice and the most
recent scientific evidence, as well as polling data from parents and
students and intelligence that DfE had gathered from schools and colleges
across the country on their experiences of wearing face coverings in
classrooms, and any impacts on teaching, learning and communication.

I thought you would be interested to know that PHE have recently published
a rapid review which identifies and examines evidence on COVID-19
transmission within school settings and the effects of school-based
interventions in reducing transmission. This evidence contributed towards
PHE’s advice to the Department and can be found at the following link:
[1]PHE document (koha-ptfs.co.uk)

As outlined in our response dated 31 March 2021, we signposted you to the
Department’s  published evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young
people and education settings which includes a section on face coverings.
This can be found at the following link:
[2]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

Should you require any further information or have any further questions
on the scientific basis of this recommendation, then I would recommend
that you get in touch with PHE at [3][email address] as they lead on
evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support to the
Department.  You may find it useful to check PHE previous FOI releases to
see if your question has been answered already. FOI previous releases are
available at the following link: Transparency and freedom of information
releases - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright.
You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study
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If you have any queries about this letter, please contact the Department.
Please remember to quote the reference number 2021-0021007 in any future
communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
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Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were
not involved in the original consideration of your request. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours sincerely,

Infection, Prevention and Control Team
Coronavirus Response Unit
Department for Education

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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

The policy of forcing children to wear face masks is child abuse and is causing long and short term physical and mental health problems.

Paul Lewis

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Thank you for contacting the Department for Education. We can confirm that
we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 31 March
2021. You asked the following:

I would like to see your risk assessment regarding the forced face masking
of school children in England, I specifically would like to see that you
have addressed the following risks re the wearing of face masks:

* reduced oxygen supply
* bacteria growth
* short and long-term psychological damage and evidence that the wearing
of face masks actually reduces the contagion of COVID-19.

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

Turning to the first element of your request, I believe that we responded
to your question around risk assessment on face coverings in our response
to your Freedom of Information request with case reference number
2021-0019870.  I attach this for your information.

In response to your request about addressing the risks of wearing face
coverings in particular assessing reduced oxygen supply; bacteria growth
and short and long-term psychological damage, I have established that the
Department does not hold the information you requested. This is because
Public Health England (PHE) are the lead department for providing
government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public
with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support. PHE
provides specialist public health advice to the Department for Education
(DfE) in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is on the
basis of their advice that DfE’s recommendations on face coverings are
made.

Although the Department does not hold this specific information, we
recognise that the wearing of face coverings may impact communication and
mental health. The Secretary of State for Education made this decision to
continue current policy regarding face coverings in education based on the
latest public health advice balanced with intelligence on the impacts of
face coverings on education and children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The decision to continue the current policy is a cautious approach that
will help limit the risk of transmission and enable a close monitoring of
school and college returns. We will seek to remove face coverings at the
first safe opportunity, given the negative impact face coverings may have
on communication in the classroom.

As part of the ongoing face coverings review, DfE worked with PHE to
consider a range of evidence, balancing both the health and educational
considerations. This included the latest public health advice and the most
recent scientific evidence, as well as polling data from parents and
students and intelligence that DfE had gathered from schools and colleges
across the country on their experiences of wearing face coverings in
classrooms, and any impacts on teaching, learning and communication.

I thought you would be interested to know that PHE have recently published
a rapid review which identifies and examines evidence on COVID-19
transmission within school settings and the effects of school-based
interventions in reducing transmission. This evidence contributed towards
PHE’s advice to the Department and can be found at the following link:
[1]PHE document (koha-ptfs.co.uk)

As outlined in our response dated 31 March 2021, we signposted you to the
Department’s  published evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young
people and education settings which includes a section on face coverings.
This can be found at the following link:
[2]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

Should you require any further information or have any further questions
on the scientific basis of this recommendation, then I would recommend
that you get in touch with PHE at [3][email address] as they lead on
evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support to the
Department.  You may find it useful to check PHE previous FOI releases to
see if your question has been answered already. FOI previous releases are
available at Transparency and freedom of information releases - GOV.UK
(www.gov.uk).

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright.
You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study
and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an
exception in current copyright law. Documents (except photographs) can be
also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of news
reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would
require the permission of the copyright holder.

Most documents produced by a government department or agency will be
protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be
re-used under the Open Government Licence
([4]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For
information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information
please see The National Archives website
-[5]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor....
 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact Department.
Please remember to quote the reference number 2021-0021007 in any future
communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint in writing to the Department within two calendar months
of the date of this letter.

Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were
not involved in the original consideration of your request. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours sincerely,

Infection, Prevention and Control Team
Coronavirus Response Unit
Department for Education
 

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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

so you have no risk assessment

forcing children to wear muzzles is child abuse.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lewis

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Thank you for contacting the Department for Education. We can confirm that
we have received the Freedom of Information request you submitted.

We will respond to you within 20 working days.