The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) with the Center for Communicable Disease (CDC) has provided school districts and communities in Washington the following information about acceptable face coverings to be worn in schools:

Cloth Face Covering:

  • Definition: A cloth face covering is fabric that fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Wear face coverings with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Face coverings should be worn by people two years and older.
  • Face coverings should not be worn by children younger than two, people who have a documented medical condition preventing them from wearing a face covering or by people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.
  • Both factory made and homemade are acceptable.
  • Face coverings can be made from a variety of materials like cotton, fleece or linen.
  • Neck gaiters are acceptable if the material consists of two or more layers.

Bandanas and face shields are not acceptable.

Mike Mendenhall
Principal, Olympic Elementary School