In each Reopening Roundup, we will continue to address questions from the Reopening Survey.
What type of mask should my child wear to school?
According to Johns Hopkins, both fabric and disposable surgical masks help prevent against the spread of COVID-19. Thicker, more densely woven cotton fabrics are best. Look for masks made with at least two layers of fabric. The fewer tiny holes you can see in the fabric, the better it will work to filter droplets. Masks should cover the child's nose and mouth without large gaps. The mask should also have ear loops or ties so your child can adjust it. For people who wear glasses, look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose. Overall, the best masks are ones that minimize the possibility of droplets passing through while ensuring you can still breathe properly. We also ask that you wash cloth masks on a daily basis.
Can my child wear a face shield instead of a mask?
The CDC does not recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks. A face shield may provide additional protection in cases when another person is not wearing a mask, but we will require all students to wear masks. Students and faculty are welcome to wear face shields in addition to masks if they would prefer to do so. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
You can find the latest version of our 2020 Reopening Plan here. In upcoming Reopening Roundup communications we will share policies related to daily health certifications, quarantine policies, athletics, extracurriculars, and more. For the latest information, please visit www.ranneyschool.org/covid-19. We invite you to please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
The partnership between home and school has never been more critical to the health and safety of our community. With the ability to learn virtually, students have the option to keep up with their studies even when feeling under the weather. Making the choice to keep your child(ren) home when they are sick is critical to keeping our community healthy. Thank you for your continued partnership, flexibility and patience.
Dr. John Griffith, Head of School