Updated May 27, 2021
Masks are the first line of mitigation strategies for containing and stopping the spread of this virus, and among the most effective. Glen students/campers are unable to be vaccinated and are required to wear a mask both inside and outside (except during lunch, snack, and nap). Children under the age of two are not required to wear masks. Additionally, our staff will continue to model these behaviors for our children, regardless of their vaccination status.
An appropriate mask is considered to be either a:
— Disposable mask (generally considered a medical or surgical/procedure mask with 3 or more layers of material, including a fluid-resistant barrier) or,
— A cloth mask, which is three-ply, is made of tightly woven cloth with a fluid-resistant layer. (100% cotton/quilting-type material that includes a filter and fluid-resistant layer, or 3-ply Polypropylene nonwoven fabric. Jersey/t-shirt weaves are not acceptable.)
Current research (see Bloomberg, The Atlantic, or CNN for articles based on peer-reviewed research) indicates that disposable masks are more effective than cloth, particularly when indoors or in enclosed spaces. Regardless of the type of mask – disposable or cloth – it must be fluid-resistant, fit snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin, and have no gaps around the sides. A mask should be made for the person wearing it – children need child-sized masks.
The Glen strongly recommends students use disposable masks during the school day.
If you choose to send your child in a cloth mask, it must meet the approved guidelines stated above. Below are two vendors of reusable masks that meet these requirements and have been successfully used by other Glen students:
– Henry Masks: The masks are washable and reusable. They are made of 3-ply 100% Polypropylene nonwoven (same as the disposable masks). They are fluid-resistant (important for toddlers and young children!) and stay away from the mouth while maintaining a close fit around the edges, allowing for very little movement.
– Happy Mask: This mask offers 5-layers of protection with a nanofiber membrane filter, stays away from the mouth, and is fully adjustable to provide a close fit on the face
Ultimately, if your child’s teacher is not comfortable with the mask they wear to school due to quality or fit, they will swap the mask out for a disposable mask to be worn during the school day (masks will also be replaced if they become soiled or wet).
Please note that face shields are not permitted as the only form of face covering, but are encouraged to be an additional layer of protection in appropriate settings. Face masks with valves are also not permitted.