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US Los Angeles school district to require students to wear 'non-cloth masks with a nose wire'

06:16  23 january  2022
06:16  23 january  2022 Source:   thehill.com

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has implemented even stricter mask rules for school children, now requiring students to wear surgical and other high-grade face coverings over more comfortable cloth masks . The school district announced that from Monday, “ masking will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors,” and children will be required to wear “well-fitting, non - cloth masks with a nose wire .” Shannon Haber, a spokeswoman for the district , told the Los Angeles Times that though Covid-19 rates in schools had dropped, the district is “continuing to be

Staff are required to wear upgraded masks (surgical mask or higher level PPE). Students are strongly recommended to wear masks that are well-fitting, non - cloth masks of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire . Now my boss emailed me that "all masks must be double-layered and worn over the nose and mouth at all times". This is because eight of my coworkers now have Covid. This is after half of them are walking around with masks under their chins and the boss decided to have a office party with food (which I didn't attend).

Los Angeles school district to require students to wear 'non-cloth masks with a nose wire' © Associated Press/Rogelio V. Solis, file Los Angeles school district to require students to wear 'non-cloth masks with a nose wire'

Students in Los Angeles public schools will be required to wear "well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose-wire" and staff will be required to wear surgical-grade masks beginning Monday under the school district's latest round of pandemic protocols.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Friday updated its coronavirus guidelines, which are posted on its website, to essentially ban cloth masks.

"Masking will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors. It is required that all students wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire. All employees are required to wear surgical grade masks or higher," the updated guidance said.

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All Los Angeles Unified School District students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to campuses when school resumes next week, the district announced on Monday, Jan. 3. Other schools in Los Angeles County may The new rules recommend, but do not require , students to wear non - cloth masks “ with a nose wire .” The requirement for upgraded masks — which must be provided to staff by districts — will take effect two weeks after schools reopen. The revised protocols from the county also include a “strong

Mask - wearing mandates for young children in schools offer many positive benefits according to a recent New York Times op-ed claiming masks provide “distinctive opportunities for learning and growth,” improve social and cognitive skills, strengthen self-control and attention, help conquer habits such as nose -picking and nail-biting, and empower children to “practice caring.” In the Wednesday piece, Dr. Judith Danovitch, an associate professor and research psychologist who studies children’s cognitive and social development, attempts to depict child mask - wearing as a practice with

District officials said the masks, which include N95s or other surgical-grade or higher-grade masks, would be available for students and staff upon request, the Los Angeles Times reported.


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The new masking rules come amid the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, largely driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

LAUSD tweeted on Friday that there was a 6.3 percent seven-day positivity rate for staff and a 9.1 percent seven-day average positivity rate for students in the school district. About 75 percent of the district's students were in classes on Friday, per the tweet.

Shannon Haber, a spokesperson for LAUSD, said in statement regarding the new mask requirements that the school district was "continuing to be diligent and agile in creating the safest learning environment," according to the Times.

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As K-12 schools in the nation’s second-largest school district , Los Angeles Unified, prepare to return to campus Tuesday, Jan. 11, masks will be required at all times. That’s outdoors as well as indoors. All district employees must wear surgical masks , or those of higher quality. Cloth masks are permitted only if worn in combination with a medical mask beneath — an option that experts say will provide protection. The shift in masking advice comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospitals continues to soar. Hospitalizations reached 779 in Orange County, 791 in Riverside County

15. Masking is also required for all people in schools , health care and long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, homeless and emergency shelters, and on public transit. Los Angeles County requires face-covering at large outdoor events. David Ige lifted the state's outdoor mask mandate May 25. Hawaii's amended mask directive still requires residents ages 5 and up to wear a face-covering in most indoor public settings and requires businesses to refuse admission or service to maskless patrons in most circumstances.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal indoor masking in schools from kindergarten to 12th Grade, but mask requirements vary for schools around the country.

Missouri's attorney general on Tuesday said he would sue school districts over their mask requirements, while Virginia's newly sworn-in Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, last weekend lifted a public school mask mandate in the state, allowing parents to make that decision for their children.

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