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Breaking News ! A 13-year-old boy has been turned away from school after refusing to wear a face mask. The year nine pupil was excluded from Hessle High School, in Hull, on Tuesday morning (September 15) when he arrived without a mask, and did not have a valid medical reason. His mum, who does not wish to be named, says she believes forcing children to wear masks is against their human rights, reports Hull Live. Until there is more research into the lasting effects of mask wearing, his mum will not let him have one. But school leaders claim the new measure has received 'overwhelming support" The 36-year-old businesswoman is prepared to take up to four hours out of work per day to home-school her son. Read More Related Articles B&M slammed for Christmas range dubbed 'boring' and 'disappointing' Read More Related Articles Tributes to 'UK's oldest glider' who died 'doing what he loved' "It’s against our human rights to force face coverings without full knowledge and understanding of the lasting future affects it may have on our health," she said. "It’s not law so therefore he cannot be penalised like he has been. He has been excluded until further notice. "We will just have to home school him the best we can. I will have to take three to four hours off work a day to do this which will affect my businesses however there is no other option. We have managed it since March so we will just carry on. "The school have stated nothing will change unless the government guidelines change, however I will be surprised if they make yet another u-turn on this. "There is no logic to all of this." Initially, Hessle High School did not require pupils to wear masks when the academy reopened to all pupils following lockdown, but after new guidance was issued by East Ridings Council to all schools on Friday afternoon, the headteacher wrote to parents to inform them that the use of face coverings inside school buildings would become mandatory. In the letter, headteacher Vince Groak said he had truly hoped not to have to introduce the measure, but said it would be "irresponsible" not to follow the advice of experts. The letter said: "The use of face coverings inside our school buildings will become mandatory. "I truly hoped that we would not have to introduce this measure and that everything we had put in place as a school to create a safe and comfortable environment for students and staff would be sufficient to avoid us having to do so.
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"There will be some of our students, and perhaps some of you, that do not agree with this decision, but we must implement it regardless. They are the experts and it would be irresponsible not to follow their advice." The school has now updated its Operational Guidance during the Coronavirus Pandemic booklet, which now says: "Refusal to wear a face covering without a justifiable reason, such as an agreed medical exemption, will not be tolerated and, in such circumstances, these students will not be allowed into school. "If refusal is considered to be defiance, then this will be treated accordingly as per the school’s behaviour policy." The mum is now following the school's complaints procedure. She added: "I think if they had announced this before they went back, less would have gone back and more would have challenged it. "My son wants to go back to school he’s at a really crucial age and has been isolated from his friends for too long. It’s really de motivating for him. "They can’t keep changing the goal posts. What next, mandatory vacation? That’s where it is heading." What the school say Headteacher Vince Groak said the decision to make mask wearing mandatory has received "overwhelming support" from parents. He said: "On Friday afternoon as school closed, we received communication from Deborah Myers, Head of Children and Young People, Education and Schools (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) and Andy Kingdom, Statutory Director of Public Health. "In line with other East Riding Schools, we adopted this guidance as mandatory and acted quickly to notify parents of this change of policy. "Consequently, students are now wearing them when moving between lessons and are doing their bit to keep our school and the wider community safe. "We are working to support a small number of students who, for medical reasons, cannot wear face coverings and we will be following the national guidelines in this regard. "I would like to thank our parents and students for their overwhelming support with this matter."
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