Ten Reasons to Wear a Mask This School Year

We know that COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. With the start of the school year and the amount of people coming in and out of our schools, we want to remind you that it’s important for everyone to wear masks in school and practice social distancing (staying at least six feet away from other people). 

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Why Should You Wear a Mask?

  1. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Wearing a mask may cut down or eliminate quarantine time.
  3. To help others feel more comfortable.
  4. To help keep us all in school learning, teaching, and growing.
  5. Because in some cases it is required.
  6. Your safety and the safety of others is important.
  7. Wear a mask because social distancing is not always an option.
  8. To help reduce the amount of large respiratory droplets that a person spreads when talking, sneezing, or coughing.
  9. Because emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies shows that wearing a mask really does help. (Source: CDC website)
  10. Extended school closures can be harmful to children. (Source: The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall)

There are many reasons to wear a mask when unable to social distance. According to CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting.”

Let’s all work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our kids and teachers in school. Mask wearing can make all the difference in the coming weeks and months and may eventually be required all the time in school if cases in our community or school rise. Stay well! 

NOTE: Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of two or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.