School Mask Guidelines

Until we see the number of COVID cases in the city decrease below 5 percent, students must adhere to the mask guidelines below.

Kids will not be turned away for not having the appropriate masks, they will be provided with appropriate masks but because masks are in limited supply, we ask parents to provide proper masks for their kids.

Masks have been an important layer of protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few points and reminders given the changing landscape:

The goal of masks is to filter (block) droplets and particles to lower the amount of virus that a person is exposed to. Masks differ in terms of how well they filter particles/droplets. The more that the mask filters, the less you are exposed and the less you expose others.

  • The best mask is one that fits snugly over your child’s mouth and nose; 
    • Goal is to minimize gaps between the mask and face as these are opportunities for droplets to enter 
    • Look for the appropriate size as many masks come in “child” and “adult” sizes or small/medium/large
    • Nose wires can help provide a snugger fit around the nose and keep the mask from falling down off the nose
    • Adjustable ear loops can be helpful for children’s varied face sizes (or alternatively you can knot the ear loop to make it smaller) 
  • Masks with valves or vents should NOT be worn as they bring in more droplets to the person wearing them, making them less safe
  • Cloth masks filter large droplets but are not as good with stopping smaller droplets. While cloth masks were widely recommended at the start of the pandemic, they are thought not to provide protection against the Omicron variant. Wear a cloth mask if no other mask available; if must use a cloth mask, best ones with multiple layers and higher thread counts. Cloth face masks with filters are ok as long as they have multiple layers.
  • Disposable masks filter both large and small droplets, providing more protection. They are also called 3-ply or surgical masks. These masks can be worn alone or combined with a cloth mask for more protection and a better fit. 
  • KN95 or KF94 masks also filter both large and small droplets and are more effective than disposable masks. They can be worn alone. 

Checklist every time you / your child puts on a mask (great to discuss these with children so they are empowered):

  • Is the mask covering the nose and mouth fully? (should be yes)
  • Have all gaps been closed between the mask and face (top, bottom, sides)? (should be yes)
    • If there are gaps, adjust the mask, make a knot in the ear loops, or get a new mask
  • If the mask has a nose wire, has it been squeezed to fit closely around the nose? (should be yes)
  • Is the mask clean and dry? (should be yes)
    • If the mask is dirty or wet, throw it out and put on a new one (be sure to keep a few extras in their backpack)

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Weekly COVID Testing
Please consider signing up for onsite weekly testing. Our testing day is every Wednesday. 

How to Register

Reporting a COVID Positive Case.
You must report COVID POSITIVE cases to CPS Here is the self reporting link to complete: https://chicagopsprod.service-now.com/health?id=cps_self_report  You will enter your child’s student ID number, your child’s  homeroom and grade level on the reporting form . 

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