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Mask Requirements

 

Masks are required in school. Guidance from state and health officials below describes the types of masks allowed.

 

Excerpted from the Washington State Secretary of Health’s Mask Order (9/24/21):

  • For the purpose of this order, a face covering must
    • Fit snuggly against the sides of the face;
    • Completely cover the nose and mouth;
    • Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective method; and
    • Include at least one layer of tightly woven fabric without visible holes, although multiple layers are strongly recommended.
  • Face covering requirements imposed by other public agencies or officials… if more protective than requirements in this order.

 

From Cloth Face Coverings Guidance During COVID-19 (DOH-9/3/21)

A cloth face covering is anything the completely covers your mouth and nose, and fits securely on the sides of your face and under your chin. It should be made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric with ties or straps that go around your head or behind your ears.

 

From Types of Masks and Respirators (CDC-9/23/21)

Wear cloth masks with:

  • A proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks
  • Multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric
  • Nose wire
  • Fabric that blocks light when held up to bright light source

Do NOT wear cloth masks with:

  • Gaps around the sides of the face or nose
  • Exhalation valves, vents, or other openings (see example)
  • Single-layer fabric or those made of thin fabric that don’t block light

 

When we receive the name brand of the mask in question, we look up the disclaimer, typically found on the About page of their website. Here is one example:

 

Notices from UnMask website

The Unmask is not designed or intended to prevent, mitigate, treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health condition, including COVID-19/Coronavirus.  Unmasks are intended for general public use only. They are non-sterile and are not intended for use in any clinical or surgical setting or where exposure to bodily or hazardous fluids may be expected, where the risk of exposure through inhalation is high, or near intense heat or flammable gas. Unmasks are not surgical masks, personal protective equipment, or filtering respirators (such as N95 masks). Unmasks should not be used by anyone with skin sensitivities or placed on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing or who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.