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Face Covering Messaging
Drop in Messages for Educators and Parents
You can use this message as is or tailor it to match your local policy.
Masks have been proven to be one of the most effective tools we currently have to limit the spread of COVID-19. Research has shown that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing).
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Face coverings prevent people who are asymptomatically infected from spreading the disease unknowingly.
Following guidance from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and Colorado Department of Education, (School District) requires teachers and staff wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, including during in-person instruction, unless they cannot medically tolerate a face covering. (Additional Guidance). If needed, face coverings may be temporarily removed or transparent alternatives may temporarily be substituted when learning differences interfere with instruction. If necessary, the mask may be removed for instruction for the shortest duration possible. Even when in a cohort and/or even when 6-foot distancing is achievable, face coverings over the nose and mouth are required for all staff. Adults are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when they are with other adults including in faculty lounges.
Following guidance from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and Colorado Department of Education, (SCHOOL DISTRICT) will require face coverings over the nose and mouth for students ages 11 years and older, including during in-person learning, even in a cohort, and face coverings are encouraged for students up to age 10, except during outdoor recess and exercise activities where appropriate distancing can be maintained, unless the student has a health or education reason for not wearing a mask. Masks are also strongly recommended for children between 3-10 years. Face covering styles with other than head-strap style attachments should be preferred for students 10 and under to increase safety and improve the ability of students to remove their own masks. All masks should be removed during nap times and when younger children can not be directly observed; masks should be designed so students can remove them without assistance.
- State Guidance on Masks, including Governor’s Executive Order.
- Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 - American Association of Pediatrics
- Colorado Mask Project website. Includes a tutorial on how to make a mask at home.
- Face Covering Guidance for Child Care Operations during COVID-19 response (PDF) - CDPHE Fact Sheet
- Considerations for Wearing Masks - CDC webpage
- Use of Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - CDC webpage
- Face Mask Dos and Don’ts Poster (PDF) - CDC poster
- Please Wear Face Mask Poster (PDF) - CDC poster