SCHOOLKIDS have been told if they refuse to wear face masks they will be made to sit at the back of the classroom.
Parents are furious at the measures to segregate pupils from their peers when they return from March 8, with one blasting it as a “mask apartheid”.
They fear their children will face discrimination and be forced to miss out on lessons and social activities.
Primary school kids do not have to wear masks when pupils return next week.
But secondary school students will be asked to wear them if it is not possible to socially distance at two metres apart.
They will also be asked to undergo twice weekly Covid testing.
The Government has said while both measures are “voluntary”, masks are “highly recommended”.
Official guidance from the Department for Education states that “no pupil should be denied education on the grounds that they are not wearing a face covering”.
But some schools have said they will be operating strict mask-wearing policies, and students will be separated or even expelled if they refuse.