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Face masks to return to communal areas in schools

Published Date: 30 Nov 2021

Jo Campion, Deputy Director at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said:

“The return of face masks in schools will fill deaf students with dread. Whenever face masks are worn, lip reading becomes impossible and this will leave thousands of them struggling to communicate, especially during the important social opportunities school life provides. They will also have to live with the possibility that face masks could return to classrooms at any point, a move which could have a devastating effect on their education yet again.

“Public health is the priority, but the law is very clear; schools and colleges must do everything they can to meet the needs of deaf students.”