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Tips to help your youngest learners feel more comfortable with a mask

August 17, 2021

GUELPH, Ontario – As adults we’re getting very used to wearing a mask throughout the day, but as the school year approaches, we understand that some of our youngest learners may not be as comfortable with the mask as our older learners.

We’ve put together some information about why it is important for our young learners to wear masks when they attend school, as well as some tips for parents/guardians to help prepare these students for wearing a mask during the school day.

Why do we wear masks?

We know that COVID-19 can spread from person to person through breathing, talking, sneezing and coughing. When we wear a mask, we’re not only protecting ourselves, but we are protecting other people, which helps make fewer people sick. Explain to your child the reason behind wearing a mask to help them become aware of why it is so important.

It is also important to make sure that young kids wear their mask properly by covering their nose and mouth and to teach them to always wash or sanitize their hands after taking a mask off or putting it on.

Tips to help young learners feel more comfortable with mask usage:

Remember to be patient with our youngest learners, some kids may take longer to get used to wearing a mask, but if we all work together, we can help these students transition to school.

For more information about the Upper Grand District School Board’s masking requirements, visit the board website.

We cannot wait to welcome our students back to school and meet those new to our board!

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