My mask protects you, your mask protects me
My mask protects you, your mask protects me

When school resumes for the 2020-2021 school year, all staff and students statewide must wear masks or cloth face coverings while in school and while riding a school bus to and from school, according to requirements issued by the state Department of Health and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Here at Tacoma Public Schools, we know getting used to wearing a mask or face covering for an extended period can take time for both adults and students.

Over the summer and leading up to the start of school Sept. 9, we encourage you to begin coaching your child on the mask requirement and gradually build up their mask-wearing time.

This approach will prevent mask-wearing from becoming a shock when school starts and your student can better focus on their learning beginning on the first day of school. Our school days last roughly 6.5 hours, not including time on a bus. And if your student participates in our before or after school Extended Learning Opportunities, the time required to wear a mask or face covering will be even longer.

Check out the tips below provided by Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control.

Infographic with tips and ideas for helping your student become comfortable wearing a mask

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