Increase structure around mask breaks: In addition to the time during which students may be eating or drinking with a minimum of 6’ physical distancing, school staff should offer only highly structured and well-supervised mask breaks during the school day. Such mask breaks should be limited to 5 minutes each, up to a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Breaks should take place in a classroom cohort when possible.
During mask breaks, individuals:
- Must be stationary, ideally seated – or standing still if outdoors. Mask breaks should no longer take place during free-play/recess.
- Must be at least 6 feet from one another
- Should be facing the same direction
- Should not engage in conversation or other activity that could spread the virus (silent reading or a writing prompt or other individual activity is ideal).
Swapping out damp or soiled masks:
Develop safe processes for swapping out masks that become damp or soiled during the day. Teach and reinforce the safe removal, storage (in sealed plastic bags), and replacement of masks, adhering to the associated requirement of hand hygiene.
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