Video: Face Coverings Safety Tips and Tricks

Video: Face Coverings Safety Tips and Tricks
Posted on 08/05/2020
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For everyone's safety this school year, Lakota staff and students will be required to wear a face covering at most times throughout the school day. During planned mask breaks or at other times when students and staff can be at least six feet apart, face coverings will not be required. 

Lauren Brown, Lakota's Manager of Health Services, shares with the Lakota community some tips and tricks for effectively wearing and caring for your face coverings. From the elements of an effective mask to the proper way to put it on, take it off and store it, watch this brief video to help ensure you are protecting yourself and others.

Tips for protecting yourself and others include: 

  • Face coverings should be close-fitting and cover the nose, mouth and chin. Large gaps on the side of the face or leaving the nose exposed makes the mask ineffective.

  • They should be secured with loops around the ears or ties or fabric around the head.

  • Make every effort to not touch the outside of your mask where others’ germs are. If you need to adjust it, try to do so at the corners where the loops attach. 

  • If possible, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before removing your mask.

  • Remove your mask by the loops, being careful not to touch the inside or outside of the fabric. 

  • Fold your mask inside out and for temporary breaks, store it in a plastic Ziploc bag or any other non-permeable case labeled with your child’s name.

  • Masks should be laundered daily, so consider stocking up on at least a week’s supply and establishing a system for keeping used ones separate from unused ones.

Masks will be available on buses and in schools for those students who have misplaced their mask or don’t have one to wear. Please view the “Safety Measures” section of Lakota’s back-to-school FAQ for more information about face coverings.