I Have Concerns About the Idea of Kids Wearing Masks at School: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about kids wearing masks to school. Do the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, and general mass confusion, school has become a hot-button issue. Though laws change from state-to-state, many places require children over a certain age to wear masks if they go to school or daycare. But this mom is unsure of how it really works in practice. Do kids actually keep their masks on? Do kids swap their masks or otherwise break protocol, because they’re kids and don’t know any better?

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A member of the community asks:

I read they may make kids wear masks to school: What are your thoughts?”

“I read somewhere that in some states they’re making children wear masks to school. Do they honestly think children will keep a mask on all day? What about children swapping masks?

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

Community Advice for This Mom Who Has Concerns About Kids Wearing Masks at School

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I Have Concerns About the Idea of Kids Wearing Masks at School: Advice?

The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.

“My 5-year-old wears his mask with way less complaining than many adults.”

“I give my kids more credit than most. I got them masks specifically for school and they put the days of the week on them. The littles adjust if it slips and don’t complain about wearing them when we go out. We are going to practice for longer periods so they will be used to them by the time school starts.”

“My kids’ school district is requiring them to wear masks while in school. I have no problem with it; my kids learn much better in the classroom so I would rather them be safe.”

“Yes. they are making them, in most places. Do I personally think it is going to truly work? No. Most adults ‘can’t handle’ wearing them for a trip to the store, never mind a bunch of children having to wear them all day.”

“My daughter has been wearing one all day at daycare. It doesn’t bother her.”

“Our school district is only making them wear them when social distancing can’t be used, such as changing classrooms or doing an activity in which they will be close to each other. When they are at their desks or in an area where they can be distanced, and during lunch, they will not have to wear them.”

“My 5-year-old wears one every day at daycare. He has no problem wearing it.”

“Michigan – kids are wearing a mask. Parents do have an option to do virtual learning (via video lecture), a combination of both, or entirely face-to-face. Children won’t be able to swap masks because they aren’t able to be within 6 feet of their classmates.”

“My kids started school this week and they are to wear masks in the hallways/bathrooms/cafeteria line/school bus and places where social distancing isn’t available! The kids haven’t had any issues with wearing them. They were so excited to finally be back in school with their friends and teachers. I think its more of a parent’s mind thinking that their kids won’t wear them….when all reality they will and not think anything else about it.”

“I work in the public. Kids are NOT the issue. They don’t even touch their masks. It’s the adults that throw fits.”

“No mask mandate here. They’re optional. We’re not making our kid wear one. And if it becomes mandatory I’ll pull him from school.”

Read the CDC’s official guidelines regarding school-age children and masks on their website.

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