Senior pupils in Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross will following peers in Dundee in wearing face coverings in class.
The shift to tier three for the three council areas means that from Friday young people in S4 to S6 and their teachers will be subject to Scottish Government guidance that they should wear masks during lessons as well as in corridors and other communal areas of school buildings.
In Perthshire and Angus, S1 to S3 pupils have also been encouraged to wear face coverings in class.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the request will be extended to the lower year groups in Fife, as it was in Dundee schools.
With the move to Level 3 for the Perth & Kinross Council area from Friday 13 November 2020, enhanced protective measures in schools will apply from that date, including required use of face coverings for S4-S6 pupils & staff in classrooms as well as when moving around the school. pic.twitter.com/EjF8ca6yVi
— Perth & Kinross Council (@PerthandKinross) November 10, 2020
Fife Council said it will be issuing guidance in the next few days.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the three local authorities would move from level two to level three in its five tier framework of coronavirus restrictions due to a “sharply rising trajectory” in the infection rates.
Tier three restrictions – already in place in Dundee – will come into force on Friday.
Sheena Devlin, executive director for education and children’s services in Perth and Kinross Council, said: “We are disappointed that Perth and Kinross has moved into level three of the strategic framework.
“However, this makes it more important than ever that we all continue to follow the guidance and associated restrictions.
For our young people in secondary schools it will be mandatory for S4 to S6 pupils to wear face coverings in class as well as in corridors and communal areas of the school.”
Sheena Devlin, Perth and Kinross Council
“For our young people in secondary schools it will be mandatory for S4 to S6 pupils to wear face coverings in class as well as in corridors and communal areas of the school.
“The option exists for our S1 to S3 pupils to wear face coverings as well in classes.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind children and young people about wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport and on public transport to help protect themselves and others around them.
“It will be as a result of everyone playing their full part in following the guidance that we will begin to see a drop in the prevalence of the virus in our communities.”
A statement from Angus Council read: “Under the level three guidance, face coverings should be worn in classrooms by young people in the senior phase (S4-6) and their teachers.
“As an additional measure we are also asking parents and carers to encourage young people in S1-3 to wear face coverings in classes too. Teachers in these classes will be asked to do the same.”
From Friday, Angus is in Covid-19 level 3 restrictions, which means face coverings should be worn in classrooms by S4-S6 pupils & their teachers.
— Angus Council (@AngusCouncil) November 11, 2020
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