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Ask us: Does the school system provide masks that meet CDC guidelines? – Salisbury Post

Editor’s note: Ask Us is a weekly feature published online on Mondays and in print on Tuesdays. We’ll be looking to answer your questions about items or trends in Rowan County. Have a question? Email it to [email protected]

By Madeline Wagoner

A reader asked if Rowan-Salisbury schools provide personal protective equipment to students who follow guidelines set by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19.

According to the CDC, face masks should be worn indoors in public by people 2 years of age or older who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine. Wearing a mask is compulsory on planes, buses, trains and other means of public transport. Face coverings should fit snugly over the nose and chin, have two or more layers, and fit snugly on either side of the face. Individuals do not have to wear a mask outside unless there is insufficient room for social distancing or they are not up to date with their vaccine.

RSS communications director Tracy Lewis said schools had N95 masks for staff only and KN95 masks for middle and high school staff and students. RSS is working to make the latter available to preschool and elementary school students.

According to a comparison conducted by the 3M company in February 2021, the N95 and KN95 masks filter 95% of airborne particles while providing 85 liters of airflow per minute. The company said the face coverings meet standards aimed at reducing viral spread while reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 for the wearer.

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