The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a list of what parents should consider if their children’s schools are requiring or encouraging the use of cloth face coverings.
Below are a few tips you should consider if your child has to wear a cloth face covering in school:
Have multiple cloth face coverings, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready. Choose cloth face coverings that:
Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Completely cover the nose and mouth
- Are secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Label your child’s cloth face coverings clearly in a permanent marker so that they are not confused with those of other children.
Practice with your child putting on and taking off cloth face coverings without touching the cloth.
Explain the importance of wearing a cloth face covering and how it protects other people from getting sick.
Consider talking to your child about other people who may not be able to wear cloth face coverings for medical reasons (e.g., asthma).
As a family, model wearing cloth face coverings, especially when you are in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or impossible.
If you have a young child, help build their comfort wearing a cloth face covering and become comfortable seeing others in cloth face covering.
- Praise your child for wearing a cloth face covering correctly.
- Put a cloth face covering on stuffed animals.
- Draw a cloth face covering on a favorite book character.
- Show images of other children wearing cloth face coverings.
- Allow your child to choose their cloth face covering that meets any dress requirements your school may have.
Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled resealable bag) to bring to school to store their cloth face coverings when not wearing it (e.g., when eating).