Mask/Face Covering Guidelines for School

Student Face Mask Compliance Expectations and Guidelines

CDC Info on Cloth Face CoversTips for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19

illustration of four students wearing face coveringsFace coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but does not replace other social distancing requirements. Those instructed not to wear a cloth face covering or mask by a medical provider should provide written documentation.

What is a mask or face covering?

It is a material that covers the nose and mouth. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, made from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, or sweatshirts. The face covering must fully cover the mouth and nose, and the covering must fit snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps.

Acceptable, reusable face covering options include:

Neck gaiters are comfortable, but are intended for use outdoors, and while maintaining social distance.

Why wear a mask or face covering?

Individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms. You may be contagious and do not know it. If you have covered your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.

We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.

How do I care for my cloth mask/face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, at least daily. Store cloth face coverings in a paper bag until they can be washed with detergent in hot water and dried on a hot cycle.

Discard cloth face coverings that:

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You are asked to wear a mask/face covering over your nose and mouth when others are nearby, or when you are moving through the halls or in a classroom. If you are seated and can maintain a distance of 6 feet from another person, you do not need to wear a mask/face covering. Students seated at shared desks separated by plexiglass must still wear a mask. Wearing a mask does not eliminate the need to socially distance yourself from others and wash your hands frequently.

Additional information about Student Face Mask Compliance Expectations and Guidelines can be found in the 2020-2021 MMS Student Handbook.