STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With some Catholic schools already reopened and hundreds of thousands of students across the New York City public school system preparing to return to the classroom for the first time since the start of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, keeping your kid’s mask clean has never been more important.
While over 400,000 students, or 42% of the New York City public school population, have opted for all-remote learning this year, the remaining student body will participate in a blended learning model that sees students in the classroom two to three days a week and learning remotely on the other days.
When in school, face coverings will be required for all students and staff, with the exception of medically exempt students or any individuals under the age of 2 years old.
That means that students will spend hours on end wearing a mask throughout the day, making it all the more important to ensure it is cleaned frequently and effectively.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that masks be washed regularly, with experts from John Hopkins Medicine advising wearers to wash their mask after each wear to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus or any other germs.
First, it’s important to note that