Wednesday, February 17, 2021
How to safely use a mask at school
Parents and guardians should send 2-3 masks to school each day so the student can change them at each break and if they become dirty or wet.
- Wear a non-medical 2-layer or 3-layer mask to protect yourself and others
- Ensure the mask is clean, dry and free of holes, rips or tears
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching the mask
- Use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask
- Ensure the nose and mouth are fully covered
- Replace or launder the mask whenever it becomes damp or dirty
- Wash the mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again
- Store re-usable masks in a clean paper bag until you wear it again
- Discard masks that cannot be washed in a lined garbage bin after use.
- Don’t wear masks with exhalation valves or vents
- Don’t wear bandanas, scarves or neck gaiters to school. These cannot be put on and taken off easily following proper masking technique and are less effective at filtering respiratory droplets compared to a cloth mask.
- Don’t wear a loose mask
- Don’t touch the mask while wearing it
- Don’t remove the masks to talk to someone
- Don’t hang the mask from your ears or neck (lanyards). The use of lanyards is not recommended as the masks inside surface may be exposed to contaminated respiratory droplets as the mask hangs.
- Don’t share masks.
- Don’t leave used masks within the reach of others.
- Don’t reuse masks that are damp, dirty or damaged