獨/英國學校戴口罩規定不同調!台家長訴:只是想保護孩子|UK school face mask not mandatory draws Taiwanese parents’ concern

【看CP學英文】英國新冠肺炎疫情嚴峻,在每日病例數不斷增加下,英國近期頒布各項社交限制措施,包括部分地區禁止家戶間社交聚會。近日,一名居住在英國的台灣媽媽表示,學校戴口罩規定不一致讓學生無所適從,也讓家長擔心小孩在學校恐面臨感染風險

The UK is facing a third wave of the outbreak and has recently imposed social restrictions, including a ban on mixed household gatherings in areas. 

Recently, Maggie, a Taiwanese woman of two children living in the United Kingdom said that inconsistent school’s mask-wearing policy has left students confused and parents worried that their children are at risk of infection at school. 

台灣家長Maggie表示,目前大女兒就讀英國溫莎一間中學,中學規定建議學生在教室內不需要戴口罩,在走廊則必須配戴。然而,自9月英國全面開學至今,Maggie的女兒是班上少數會整天佩戴口罩的學生,因此引來校長特別關心。  

Speaking in an interview with The China Post, Maggie said that her eldest daughter attends a middle school in Windsor, England, where students are advised not to wear masks in the classroom but must wear them in the corridor. 

However, Maggie’s 15-year-old child is one of the few pupils in her class who wears a mask all day since the school opened in September, which is why the principal is particularly concerned.  

「起初一兩天班上許多同學都會戴著口罩,到後來戴口罩的人數銳減。」  

“First few days, most students in her class wore face masks; after a few days, there are only very few people wearing face masks in class,” Maggie said.   

Maggie告訴The China Post,校長希望身為家長的他能為女兒寫一封證明書(note),要學生上學時隨身攜帶此證明,若有老師詢問要求其脫下口罩,可馬上提出家長聲明。 

Maggie told The China Post that the principal wanted the parent to write a note for his daughter to confirm the fact that she is wearing masks full day in school. 

The principal hopes that the student would bring this note to school so that If a teacher asks her to take off her mask, she may immediately provide a parental statement. 

隨後,Maggie先生回信給學校,內容除了同意女兒在學校整天配戴口罩保護自己以及他人之外,也強調學校應鼓勵學生戴口罩,以共同對抗疫情。 

Afterward, Maggie’s husband wrote to the school, agreeing that his daughter should wear a mask all day at school to protect herself and others, and stressing that the school should encourage students to wear masks to fight off the pandemic.  

Maggie先生回信給學校 | The note written by Maggie’s husband (Courtesy of Maggie)

Maggie的英國老公分享道,在英國戴口罩的人數有增加,雖然有些人戴著口罩卻沒有覆蓋口鼻,或是講話時特別脫下口罩深怕對方聽不清楚。  

“An increasing number of people wears face masks in public spaces, even though most people wear them with their nose out,” he went on. “Some people even pull off their face masks to speak to others because they are afraid that others won’t understand them,” he noted. 

他續談道,「這是文化差異,在這裡如果你戴著口罩,表示你生病了應該待在家。」  

“It is a different culture,” he continued. “If you are wearing a face mask here it means that you are sick and you should stay at home,” he remarked. “That’s the reason why most people don’t wear face masks.” 

另一方面,Maggie表示,目前同樣就讀中學的小女兒學校防疫措施嚴格許多,包括依據姓氏劃分上學時間、以班為單位的社交泡泡、午餐線上訂購、課桌椅消毒等等。 

On the other hand, Maggie said that the middle school her younger attends in Windsor, is now much more stringent in preventing the disease. 

The preventative measures include management of school time by surname, bubbles, ordering lunch online, sterilizing desks and chairs, and more.

根據一間英國學校發給家長的疫情相關政策指引,內容提到,英國政府建議全國托兒所、托育機構、中小學、大專院校等學生孩童不須配戴口罩,因為上述機構皆已實施防疫措施,有效降低染疫風險。 

According to a policy guideline issued to parents by a UK school, the UK government is not recommending face coverings in nurseries, childminders, schools, colleges because these institutions already have preventive measures in place to reduce the health risks.   

A policy guideline issued to parents by a UK school (Courtesy of Maggie)

根據美國約翰霍普金斯大學統計,目前累積確診人數725,292,死亡人數達43,736人,即使疫情仍持續惡化,部分英國學校仍認為配戴口罩非必要措施。 

According to the Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases is 725,292 with 43,736 deaths, and some schools in the UK do not consider wearing masks a necessary measure, even as the pandemic continues to worsen. 

除了Maggie媽媽之外,有位家長在臉書社團「倫敦的台灣媽媽」分享道,自己的女兒被禁止在學校戴口罩,校長回覆表示,若家長執意讓小孩在學校戴口罩,那請「帶著小孩離開學校」。 

In addition to Maggie, a parent shared on the Facebook page “Taiwanese Moms in London” that her daughter had been banned from wearing a mask at school.  

The principal replied that if parents insisted on allowing their child to wear a mask at school, they may have to “take their kids out of school.” 

家長在臉書社團「倫敦的台灣媽媽」分享經驗 | Taiwanese living in UK shared their experiences on Facebook page “Taiwanese Moms in London.” (Courtesy of Maggie)

同樣地,一名網友表示,有亞洲家長讓小孩佩戴口罩上學,卻接到學校來電要家長請小孩把口罩拿下,三天後自己的小孩出現感冒症狀,令家長十分擔憂。 

Similarly, one said that an Asian parent asked her child to wear a mask to school, but received a call from the school asking the parent to tell the child to remove the mask. Three days later, her child developed flu symptoms, which made the parent very worried. 

「我們沒出國,不代表別人沒出國,要是無症狀傳染,不戴口罩又趴趴走,防疫又更困難了。英國應該沒考慮到無症狀感染者。」 

“If we don’t go abroad, it doesn’t mean that others don’t go abroad. If you are asymptomatic and you are walking around without a mask, it makes it harder to prevent the disease. I don’t think the UK has taken into account asymptomatic people,” the social media user wrote.  

家長在臉書社團「倫敦的台灣媽媽」分享經驗 | Taiwanese living in UK shared their experiences on Facebook page “Taiwanese Moms in London.” (Courtesy of Maggie)

另外,有網友說道,小孩的學校也規定不能戴口罩,但是第一天送小孩去學校發現老師都有戴上口罩,引發其他家長熱烈討論質疑學校政策。 

Another said that her child’s school also has a policy of not wearing masks. However, on the first day she sent the child to school, she found teachers all wearing masks, which led to a heated discussion among other parents questioning the school policy. 

一名網友表示,政府並未強制學生戴口罩,只是建議小學生不需要戴口罩。他續道,每個學校針對是否戴口罩的政策不同,但以學校立場是鼓勵小朋友戴口罩上學,儘管一班也只有一兩位小朋友有戴口罩。 

The other wrote that the government had not made it mandatory for students to wear masks, but only suggested that primary school students did not need to wear masks.  

She continued, “Each school has a different policy on whether or not to wear masks, but the school’s position is to encourage children to wear masks to school, even though only one or two children in a class wear masks.” 

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