TEACHERS in schools across East Lothian are producing visors in their classrooms to protect health workers.

The project, which was spearheaded by Preston Lodge High School’s craft, design and technology (CDT) teacher John Troup, has been inundated with requests from carers and people working with patients with Covid-19.

And they are producing batches of a face visor at CDT workshops in schools across the county which will be distributed through East Lothian Council.

John said he was inspired by initiatives across Scotland where teachers have been using materials and equipment from their schools to create prototypes for visors, sharing online templates and ideas.

He said: “We felt the need to do something practical to support frontline workers at this difficult time.

“We’re really happy to be able to put our skills and knowledge to good use supporting our community, and we’ve already had a lot of requests from frontline workers keen to quickly get hold of personal protective equipment.”

The project was shared on Twitter yesterday (Wednesday) as the first visors were produced by Preston Lodge High School staff, Prestonpans, and Knox Academy staff in Haddington.

Knox’s CDT team said they had received huge support for their efforts and demand for the visors.

They tweeted: “We have been humbled by the response to our visor project and overwhelmed by the demand for PPE (personal protective equipment).

“I will pass on the details of all requests to those who will decide how they will be allocated at council level.

“Thank you to all our frontline workers.”

FES is facilitating safe access to the secondary schools while teachers are following guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

This will ensure that they, and the equipment that they provide, remains safe.

The teachers, who are undertaking this work on a voluntary basis, are using laser cutters and acrylic to create the visors, ensuring that all of the pieces can be kept sterile.

North Berwick High School’s CDT team joined the project today (Thursday) as more visors were produced in the school workshops.

Lesley Brown, East Lothian Council’s chief operating officer for education, said: “This is a brilliant initiative to support frontline workers.

“The CDT teachers are using their skills and experience to make a vital contribution in the action to tackle coronavirus and provide essential equipment.

“I’m really proud of the work our schools are doing to support their communities.”