Back-to-School: Which Mask Should I Choose for my Children?

As vaccines roll out throughout Canada, parents are left wondering where this leaves their children in terms of protecting them from the coronavirus. When should children wear a mask? The newest guidelines released by the Public Health Agency of Canada provide information for partially vaccinated Canadians but do not address families with children under the age of 12 years who are not eligible for vaccines yet. This leaves the open question of what to expect when our children return to school or take part in other grouped activities.

Are Children Required to Wear Masks When Returning to School in the Fall?

“CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.”

The latest update from the Ontario Government instructs all staff, students and visitors to have a mask while indoors including while in the hallways, during class as well as on school vehicles. If social distancing cannot be adhered to, masks will be required while outdoors as well. 

Going back to school can be unnerving for children and parents alike, as it can feel overwhelming to have your child be surrounded by multiple people outside of your household again, especially with the ever-evolving Delta variant. You want to ensure you’re purchasing a mask that can not only provide optimal protection, but also peace of mind. The Children’s KN95 Protective Face Mask is the perfect option to ensure maximum protection, while still being both breathable and comfortable. Able to be worn for long periods of time, the Children’s KN95 Protective Face Mask is the solution for summer camp, back-to-school and the every day for your little ones! Trusted by many, this is the mask to equip your child with.

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When Should My Unvaccinated Child Wear a Mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children under the age of 12 are better off staying masked when in public spaces and/or around people they don’t live with. Wearing a mask prevents the child from transmitting the coronavirus to others, which is something that should be prioritized, especially if the child’s close circle includes someone who may be compromised. 

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An example of this could be a disabled neighbour, a best friend with asthma or a family member with a weakened immune system. We want to ensure we, including our children, are all keeping the health of others top of mind. 

Travelling with an Unvaccinated Child?

It’s important to remember that depending on which airline, airport, country and region, you will need to adhere to different rules and regulations. There will be different expectations throughout each area when it comes to what mask to wear, and unvaccinated children will need to be properly equipped to ensure they are able to travel without any issue.

The Children’s KN95 Protective Mask is the solution to your travel worries! Both you and your child will be equipped with optimal levels of protection when choosing the KN95 Mask, a mask accepted by most airlines and regions.

We’re so ready to see our little ones back in the classrooms, as in-person learning is an integral part of their development. With this in mind, we want to ensure they are properly equipped with the right mask so that they can get back to their routine and go about their day with ease, while you go about yours with peace of mind. The Children’s KN95 Protective Face Mask is the perfect option to provide your child with optimal protection, comfort and breathability. You’ll feel confident in your decision as back-to-school season fast approaches!

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Resources:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/unvaccinated-kids-calgary-summer-covid19-1.6075749
https://publichealthinsider.com/2021/06/22/protecting-unvaccinated-children-as-covid-19-restrictions-are-lifted/
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-says-cdc-will-advise-unvaccinated-kids-mask-up-school-this-fall-2021-07-22/
https://theconversation.com/im-fully-vaccinated-should-i-keep-wearing-a-mask-for-my-unvaccinated-child-161619
https://www.todaysparent.com/family/family-health/unvaccinated-kids-summer-safety/
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/indoor-playdate-experts-say-kids-who-are-too-young-to-be-vaccinated-are-still-safest-outdoors-1.5489194
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html#:~:text=CDC%20recommends%20universal%20indoor%20masking,layered%20prevention%20strategies%20in%20place.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools#section-4
https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_summer_day_camps_guidance.pdf
https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-health-and-safety-measures-child-care#section-1