With new classroom face covering guidance coming into effect for Dundee senior secondary pupils and their teachers at from Monday (November 2), the city council is asking them to back the new safety push.
Families in the city are also being urged to play their part by wearing face coverings at drop-off and pick-up on school grounds, even if they don’t go into the building.
The updated Scottish Government guidance has been released following the confirmation of the coronavirus levels that council areas will be in from Monday November 2.
Dundee has been confirmed as Level 3.
The new guidance states that in local authority areas in Levels 3 and 4, pupils in the senior phase – S4-6 – and their teachers should wear face coverings in classrooms, as well as when they are moving around the school and in communal areas.
Full details can be found here along with updates for school staff and pupils at the highest clinical risk (shielding).
City council children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “This new guidance is part of extra efforts to keep schools open and reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.
“I have been impressed by the responsibility that has been shown around face coverings so far in our schools and I would ask that people pay close attention to these new guidelines.
“Families should play their part as well at drop off and pick up times.”
Cllr Hunter added: “Dundee is facing new restrictions because of the worrying situation in the city.
“I would ask everyone to do their bit to help drive down the number of local cases.”
The guidance on face coverings does not apply to those with exemptions.
Dundee City Council has produced a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website to explain the new measures for the city and the implications they will have on everyday life.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.