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Information for our Clearview families on masks for students

Information for our Clearview families on masks for students

Alberta Health Services has provided guidance for masks for transportation and in-school learning.

Please see the following information on use of masks for students, including the types of masks that may be used in schools and school buses.  We are asking all families to ensure the types of masks that you may provide to your child meets these recommendations.

Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When collectively students and staff wear masks, the use of masks helps protect people from being exposed to viruses and bacteria including COVID-19..

Alberta Education has mandated that Grade 4 to 12 students and staff must wear masks where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including on school buses and shared areas such as hallways.

  • Masks are not required while students are seated in the classroom during instruction if following the physical distancing guidance for schools.
  • Masks are required in the classroom when close contact between students, or students and staff, is occurring. Masks should be used for the duration of this activity.
  • Exemptions will be made for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other needs.
  • Mask use for Start Right  to Grade 3 students is optional.  If parents would like their child to wear a mask, we will respect and honour that decision. 
  • Students will be taught procedures for using non-medical masks in the classroom on the first day of classes. 
  • Individuals who are physically, psychologically or developmentally unable to wear a mask, will be excused from this health protocol. Families will work with the school principal to discuss this relative to their child.
  • Two reusable, non-medical masks will be provided to each student on their first day of school.  
  • Temporary masks will be available for emergencies only and should not be counted on as a mask supply for students. Please ensure that your student leaves home every morning with a mask.

To access the Alberta Health Services information directly, click HERE and HERE.

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Buying a mask

Make sure cloth masks:

  • have multiple layers of fabric (avoid fleece).  This likely excludes bandana or gator-type masks.
  • fits securely against your face
  • allows for clear breathing
  • can be laundered

 

Making a mask

  • There are many ways to make a cloth mask. Health Canada provides instructions with sew and no-sew options.
  • Choose a fabric or cloth that can withstand frequent cycles through washing and drying machines
  • Use multiple layers of tight woven fabric – 4 layers is optimal.
  • Use a combination of fabrics such as a high thread count cotton (e.g. 600-thread count pillowcases and cotton sheets) with spun bond polypropylene or polyester (avoid fleece).
  • Use different fabrics or colours for each side of the mask. This helps you to know which side faces your mouth and which side faces out.

 

How to care for your cloth mask

  • Store masks in a sealed and clean storage bag and place in a dry area of your home.
  • Put cloth masks directly into the washing machine or in a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine. Throw out the bag after you’ve used it to store masks.
  • Launder with other items using a hot cycle, and then dry thoroughly.
  • Inspect the mask for damage prior to reuse.

 

https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/989e490e-5959-4a20-bfc7-b126b08ea996/resource/523f7856-31f5-4af1-be62-3a48a0acad4c/download/covid-19-guidance-for-wearing-non-medical-masks.pdf

 

How to put on your mask

What to do

  • Wash or sanitize your hands:
    • before putting it on
    • before taking it off
    • after taking it off
  • Inspect the mask, holding it by the ties or loops. Discard if damaged or dirty
  • Tighten with ties or ear loops to reduce gaps
  • Keep nose, mouth and chin covered at all times
  • Remove if wet, torn or dirty and dispose in a lined garbage bin
  • Store cloth masks in a sealed bag until it can be washed in hot, soapy water

 

What not to do

  • Don't touch your face under the mask
  • Don't touch the front of the mask – remove or adjust using the ties or ear loops
  • Don't wear it under your nose or your chin
  • Don't wear a wet, torn or dirty mask
  • Don’t wear the same mask for a long period of time – change when it becomes damp
  • Don’t share with another person

More information

Please see the video “How to use a non-medical mask” by Dr. Deena Hinshaw here.

For questions about masks in your school, please discuss with your Principal and teachers. 

clearview@clearview.ab.ca

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