August 19, 2020/29 Av 5780

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

As we begin our school year, I wanted to send out some important information about mask-wearing, including specific types of masks that will not be allowed at this time. 

Per the FAQs provided by the Illinois department of public health, we do not currently know if athletic face coverings, such as neck gaiters or neck warmers protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not currently recommend these as a substitute for a mask. Please see the example below.

Masks with vents or one-way valves** allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the mask, which can result in airborne respiratory droplets. These types of masks only protect the person wearing the mask, but do not prevent transmission to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend this mask to be worn in school as a form of source control. Please see the example below.

Personal cloth face coverings are permitted, but they should be taken home daily, laundered, and dried. 

If you have any other questions related to the mask you or your student plan to wear to school, please feel free to email me.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

Jill Smiley
School Nurse