The IEU has received a number of messages and calls regarding the wearing of face masks in schools and classrooms.
The current NSW Health advice regarding face masks does not require you to wear one; however, it is recommended in certain circumstances.
While teachers and support staff are not required to wear masks in the classroom, the NSW Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, has instructed state school principals to allow teachers to wear masks if they wish.
It is the IEU’s expectation that employers support our members who choose to wear masks in schools.
No one is being compelled to wear a mask at this point, but neither should they be prohibited from doing so.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant recommends wearing a mask:
- if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- in areas where there has been community transmission
- when in high risk indoor areas such as public transport, supermarkets, shops, churches and other places of worship
- when caring for or serving vulnerable people
- if working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or other high risk indoor areas.
While wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. Source: NSW Government (nsw.gov.au/covid-19/face-masks)
If you have any questions or concerns, contact your IEU organiser for further guidance.