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Wear and care of cloth masks for students

January 13, 2022

Public Health officials have stressed that wearing a well-constructed, well-fitted and properly worn mask or face covering is one the key protective measures we can take to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Masking requirements and protocols are some of the many layers of protection in place at Upper Grand District School Board schools and sites, in addition to hand hygiene, distancing, ventilation, and daily screening

The recommendation from public health officials is that cloth masks be 3-layers. To help support this and add to families current mask supply, the UGDSB will distribute additional 3-layer reusable cloth masks to students. The use of these masks is encouraged, however students may continue to wear the masks they currently have.

Please see the information below from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and Health Canada on the proper use and care of face coverings. 

Use of Non-Medical Masks/Face Coverings

According to Health Canada, “The effectiveness of non-medical masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 can vary based on many factors. It depends on material, construction, fit and proper use.”

Fit and Quality

Face coverings should:

Proper Use and Care

To make mask use as effective as possible, it’s essential to make sure you’re using, storing and cleaning them properly.

Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you:

It’s important to keep your mask clean when not in use, or when eating or drinking.

Do not hang the mask from your ears or place it under your chin. Store it in a clean paper or cloth bag until you put it on again.

Properly clean and disinfect any items that improve mask fit, like braces and mask fitters.

Discard disposable masks and filters properly in a garbage container or use a mask recycling program if one is available.

Washing and Drying Cloth Face Coverings

Machine Washing:

Washing by hand:

According to the CDC you should:



For more information on the proper use and care of cloth face coverings, please visit the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health website.

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