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CDC: Face Masks For Ages Three And Up At Nation's Schools

‘Most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult’

Children age three and above in reopened schools should wear cloth face coverings, along with all teachers and staff, according to the most recent recommendations by the Centers For Disease Control that were released May 19.

The CDC wrote: “Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings. Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to staff, students, and students’ families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.”

The CDC recommends that these groups not wear cloth coverings:
Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.