Required Face Coverings

Who needs to wear face coverings?

Everyone. All adults and students (including Key-Wees) are required to wear face coverings when coming onto campus and entering buildings and classrooms, when inside, and when outdoors, if social distancing of 6’ is not possible. 

Routine mask breaks, adhering to CDC guidelines, will occur throughout each day.


  • Please send extra masks with your children in case they break or get soiled during the day.  Key has ample supplies of single-use masks to provide students, faculty and staff if needed. 
  • For younger students who may require some assistance donning/doffing masks please, do not send them with masks that tie.

Face Covering Advice from Key's Health Office:

View advice from Nurse Katie on how to properly wear and care for your mask. View PDF.

  • Face coverings must be well-secured and constructed of at least two layers that cover the individual’s nose and mouth and fit snugly around the individual’s face.
  • This does not include materials with visible holes or gaps, like lace, knitted material, crochet, and/or mesh.
  • Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents should not be used as they allow unfiltered air to escape.
  • Tightly woven materials, such as cotton fabrics with higher thread counts are preferable, while elastic materials are not recommended due to higher pore size and lower filtration efficiency.

Tips for Encouraging Children to Wear Masks

  • Parents should wear masks too so children don’t feel alone.
  • While wearing masks, look in the mirror and talk about it.
  • Put a mask on a favorite stuffed animal.
  • Decorate a mask so it’s more personalized and fun.
  • Show children pictures of other children wearing masks.
  • Draw a mask on their favorite book character.
  • Children can practice wearing a mask at home first.
  • Reassure children by emphasizing that you are taking steps to stay safe.
  • Parents can explain that germs are special to our own bodies and we need to make sure they stay within our own bodies. The face coverings help keep our own germs to ourselves. Some germs are good, some are bad, and we can’t always tell which are good or bad which is why we need to wear a mask.

Advice on Maintaining and Cleaning Protective Eye Gear 

Eye protection should be discarded if damaged (e.g., face shield can no longer fasten securely or if visibility is obscured). To clean/disinfect your eye protection carefully wipe the inside, followed by the outside of the face shield or goggles using a clean cloth saturated with a neutral detergent solution or cleaner wipe. Wipe the outside of the face shield or goggles with clean water or alcohol to remove residue, then fully dry (air dry or use clean absorbent towels).

Wearing and Caring for Your Mask with Nurse Katie