Dear Department for Education,
Under the freedom of information Act i Request the Information held by the Department in relation to Health and Safety of School Children and the Mandating Of Face Masks For all School Lessons minus P.E.

Specifically i require the information and literature in relation to any Risk assessment being Carried Out (Passed and Present) at Secondary Schools in relation to the Wearing of Face Masks for Children aged 11 to 16,as The Health and Safety Executive States ;

In GB, CO2 is classed as a 'substance hazardous to health' under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). The HSE publication 'EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limits' provides workplace exposure limits (WELs) for CO2. WELs are limits to airborne concentrations of hazardous substances in the workplace and are set in order to help protect the health of workers. Workplace exposure is calculated by taking an average over a specified period of time. The WELs for CO2 are:
• Long-term exposure limit (8-hr reference period) of 5000 ppm
• Short-term exposure limit (15 minute reference period) of 15000 ppm

Whilst i Applicate the Above Statement refers to “The Work place” and would refer to those of working age the Information would Still be Applicable, More so Given the age Bracket Concerned given that the Childs body / Lungs are not fully Mature, if the Department would kindly supply any information it Holds on this Matter Such as Risk Assessments , Peer to peer reviewed Study’s , Benefit to Risk Ratios Etc.

If there is No information Available or the Department holds No information Fundamentally the Schools / Councils / Department of Education are Requiring Consent from Parents to Put the Child at Risk.

Yours faithfully,

michael john

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear  Michael John 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 27 February.

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 2021-0015157.  

 

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr John,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 27
February 2021. You asked the following:

Information held by the Department in relation to Health and Safety of
School Children and the Mandating Of Face Masks For all School Lessons
minus P.E.

Information held that Confirms a School Child/ Student/Pupil is required
at Law or Legally Obliged to Wear a Face Mask for all School Lessons minus
P.E. and Who would be the Liable Party in relation to Discrimination or
Damage Caused eg. School Head Teacher , Academy or Local Council. 

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

The Department for Education (DfE) continues to work closely with other
government departments throughout its response to the pandemic, including
Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social
Care (DHSC), as well as stakeholders across the sector. We continue to
work to ensure that our policy is based on the latest scientific and
medical advice, to continue to develop comprehensive guidance based on the
PHE-endorsed ‘system of controls’ and to understand the impact and
effectiveness of these measures on staff, pupils and parents. 
 
To ensure education and care policy is guided by the most up-to-date
scientific evidence as this continues to evolve, the DfE regularly reviews
data, analysis and advice from a number of different sources
including PHE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the
Office for National Statistics, and the Joint Biosecurity Centre. 
 
Turning to the first element of your request, under section 21 of the Act,
we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it
is already reasonably accessible to you. On 22 February, the DfE published
its Evidence summary: COVID-19 - children, young people and education
settings.  Here you will find a summary which sets out the evidence
relevant to, and in support of, the Government’s decision to lift
restrictions on education from 8 March 2021 - focussed in particular on
schools, colleges and early years settings. The Government’s wider
decision-making is set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Response - Spring
2021 and supporting scientific evidence, including links to various
evidence and data. The DfE evidence summary can be found at the following
link:  
[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...
 
As referenced within the evidence summary under the face coverings section
on page 18, SAGE have advised that face coverings can be effective in
reducing transmission in public and community settings. Their
effectiveness stems mostly from reducing the emission of virus-carrying
particles when worn by an infected person (source control). Face coverings
are likely to be most effective at reducing transmission in both indoor
and outdoor settings when people are likely to be close together. Physical
distancing and use of fabric face coverings, alongside other
interventions, are important mitigation strategies to reduce community
transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are likely to be needed to be
applied more consistently and effectively to be able to mitigate
transmission of the B.1.1.7 variant. The link to meeting minutes are
available here:  
[2]SAGE 76 minutes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, 14 January 2021
(publishing.service.gov.uk) 
 
Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus
(COVID-19) is published by the SAGE. Papers and meeting minutes can be
found at the following link: [3]Scientific evidence supporting the
government response to coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Here,
you will also be able to find scientific publications from SAGE and SAGE
sub-groups. These publications will include minutes and papers covering
the scientific advice received at that time. There is also a list. List of
participants of SAGE and related sub-groups - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) you will
also find a list of SAGE participants who have authored and discussed
these papers at SAGE meetings. 

You may find it useful to review the information set out in recent SAGE
Children’s Task and Finish Group papers which is outlined in the summary
document. As in schools, where settings implement the PHE-endorsed system
of controls outlined in DfE guidance, in line with their own workplace
risk assessment, these measures create a safer environment for staff and
children where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially
reduced. Mitigations as set out in the system of controls are important in
all school settings to reduce transmission through aerosols, close-range
interactions and via surfaces. This paper is available here: [4]TFC:
Children and transmission - update paper, 10 February 2021 - GOV.UK
(www.gov.uk) 

Throughout the evidence summary document, in each of the footnotes you
will find links to the evidence and analysis that have contributed towards
the Government’s decision-making and which you may find helpful. Since
September 2020, face coverings have been included in the system of
controls for settings where year 7 and above are educated, first in
communal areas and – from 8 March – recommended in classrooms unless
social distancing can be maintained. This guidance was first introduced as
part of the Government’s commitment to open schools to all pupils safely
in September. This followed the publication of a statement by the World
Health Organisation advising that ‘children aged 12 and over should wear
face coverings under the same condition as adults, particularly when they
cannot guarantee at least a 1 metre distance from others and there is
widespread transmission in the area’. The statement is available here: 
[5]https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail...
 
Based on advice from PHE, the Department has recently published updated
guidance for schools to support the return to full attendance from 8
March, which includes updated advice on face coverings. The guidance can
be found at the following link: 
[6]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...
 
Your second element of your request suggests that the wearing of face
coverings in classrooms is required by law. It is not. As the guidance
outlines, where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, we
recommend that face coverings should be worn by adults, pupils and
students when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as
in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be
maintained. Face coverings do not need to be worn by pupils and students
when outdoors on the premises. 
 
In addition, from 8 March, we now also recommend that in those settings
where pupils and students in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings
should be worn in classrooms unless social distancing can be
maintained. This does not apply in situations where  
wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in
exercise or strenuous  
activity, for example in PE lessons. 
 
We are recommending this additional precautionary measure for a limited
time during this period of high coronavirus (COVID-19) prevalence in the
community. As with all measures, we will keep this under review and update
guidance as necessary. 
 
The same legal exemptions that apply to the wearing of face coverings in
shops and on public transport also apply in education settings. This
includes people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because
of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if you
are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip
reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate. We expect
teachers and other staff to be sensitive to those needs. 
 
DfE’s guidance on the system of controls is advisory; it
does not create any new legal obligations, but it is a
recommendation based on the latest public health advice from PHE. As the
guidance itself says, where something is essential for public health
reasons, as advised by PHE, we say it ‘must’ be implemented.  
 
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 in the context of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak. 
 
Should you require any further information or have any further
questions on this issue, then we would recommend that you get in touch
with PHE at [7][email address] as they lead on evidence-based professional,
scientific expertise and support.  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
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
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If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to
quote the reference number 2021-0015158 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
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,

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

 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr John,
 
Thank you for your enquiry of 2 April 2021 with regards to your Freedom of
Information request with case reference number 2021-0015158.
 
As you will see below, we did send our response to you on Friday 26 March
2021 at 17.16pm.  A copy of our response is outlined below. 
 
Kind regards
Covid Response Unit
Department for Education
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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,

Thank you for providing the same response, However Given that the Department has still Not provided a Reply for “Mask 32” as required by Law, [https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m... ] im finding it somewhat Puzzling that the Department for “Education” has Been unable to respond Given the reminder on the 2nd of April, Kindly Provide the reply as Required.

( Nice try )

Yours sincerely,

michael john

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

Dear  Michael John 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 07/04/2021..

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 2021-0021846.

 Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

Web: [1]https://www.education.gov.uk
Twitter: [2]https://www.twitter.com/educationgovuk
Facebook: [3]https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk

 

 

 

 

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

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Dear Mr John,

Thank you for your email to the Department for Education, which was
received on 7 April 2021. A copy of your request is summarised below:

Thank you for providing the same response, However Given that the
Department has still Not provided a Reply for “Mask 32” as required by
Law, [https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m... ] im
finding it somewhat Puzzling that the Department for “Education” has Been
unable to respond Given the reminder on the 2nd of April, Kindly Provide
the reply as Required. ( Nice try )
 
I apologise for any confusion with regards to our responses to the two
Freedom of Information request you raised with the Department for
Education.  I attach a copy of both our responses to both of your
requests.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2021-0021846. If you
need to respond to us regarding the content of this letter, please visit:
[1]https://www.education.gov.uk/contactus and quote your reference number.

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

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