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Williamsville Central School District says gaiters, bandanas will not be approved face covering

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 04:06:51-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Williamsville Central School District Superintendent Dr. Scott G. Martzloff announced Tuesday gaiters and bandanas will not be an approved face covering.

The superintendent's message said in part:

"As you know, face coverings are required to be worn on school grounds at all times, including the school bus, and can only be removed during school sanctioned mask breaks or meals. Wearing a face covering is one of the most effective preventative measures when it comes to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. In their face covering update late last week, the CDC indicated that gaiters are now listed under a 'Caution Advisory' as their 'evaluation is on-going but the effectiveness is unknown at this time.' With this new information, the District has determined that gaiters will not be an approved face covering that can be worn. We have also determined that bandanas will not be an approved face covering. Should this information change, we will update our face covering policy and share it with families."

The district says in accordance with CDC guidance an approved face covering:

  • Covers the mouth and nose fully.
  • Is snug but comfortable against the sides of the face.
  • Secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Made with multiple layers of material.
  • Must allow you to breathe without restriction.

The district says parents are encouraged to have children wear a proper face covering for extended periods to prepare for wearing them for the length of a school day.