Only a third of parents would send their deaf child to school if face masks were made mandatory

Date: 22nd September 2020
Category: Children with disabilities

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A survey of 800 parents of deaf children has revealed only 36% would be likely to send their child to school if teachers were compelled to wear face masks. A further one in five (19%) said they were uncertain about what they would do.

Governments across the UK now require face coverings to be worn in communal areas in secondary schools and colleges. It is not necessary to wear a face covering inside classrooms, but if teachers and students can if they want to. Facemasks can be problematic for deaf children who rely on lip reading. As such, the National Deaf Children’s Society warns that schools must make reasonable adjustments to ensure deaf children can continue to access their right to education.