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Fury as kids given detention for wearing masks in ‘UK’s strictest school’

Teachers at The Abbey School in Faversham, Kent, have been accused of punishing pupils with detention if they refuse to remove their masks during lessons

Parents of pupils who go to The Abbey School are furious that kids are being put in detention for wearing masks in school

Parents at the “UK’s strictest school” say they have been left furious after their kids were reportedly given detention for wearing masks in class as they are a “barrier to learning”.

Teachers at The Abbey School in Faversham, Kent, have been accused of punishing pupils who refuse to remove them during lessons.

Pupils have been left nervous about going to class over fears they will catch Covid-19 and give it to vulnerable relatives, it has been reported.

The current government guidelines advise pupils, teachers and visitors to wear masks in communal areas but not classrooms.

Elouise Gould, 33, said her daughter, Paige, has been put in “reflection” – a room for pupils banned from lessons – three times in one week because she wore a mask in the classroom.

The school has said wearing masks in class is a ‘barrier to learning’
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She branded the school as “disgusting” for punishing her 13-year-old for wanting to protect herself and others.

Elouise told Kent Online: “My daughter has had Covid three times. She has a little brother on her dad’s side and gave it to him.

“To protect ourselves and others she has worn her mask in class but she has been taken to reflection each time and has been put in detention. But then in reflection, they have to wear a mask, which is ridiculous.”

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Another parent, Karly May, 32, said her son wears a face mask to protect a terminally ill grandparent and his nine-year-old sister, who has chronic lung disease and a weak immune system.

Albie May, 15, has been put in isolation and given after-school detentions for wearing a mask in class.

A spokeswoman for the school said masks are only recommended for secondary school pupils on public transport and when “moving around the school and in communal areas”.

She said face masks can “act as a barrier” in the classroom.

She told Kent Online: “The government is not recommending children wear face masks in classrooms, and previous national guidance has been clear this is because face masks can act as a barrier to effective communication, teaching and learning.”

The spokeswoman said students are asked to wear masks in “reflection” because it is “a communal area and mixing with students from other years groups”.

The Mirror Online contacted the school for a comment.

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