In schools across the country, face masks are mandatory in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has recommended that anyone over the age 2 should wear a face mask.
For big kids in middle school or high school, this is an easy public safety protocol to enforce. But for smaller children, with smaller faces and bodies that are constantly wiggling and moving, ensuring mask mandates are met is a bit of a challenge.
But for campuses doing their best to mitigate risk for students, staff, and faculty, it's imperative that classrooms find a way to keep kids safely masked up, even if they’d rather not be.
But how? The answer: mask lanyards.
In this guide we’ll look at 4 benefits of using mask lanyards for students.
As we all know, kids pick up germs like magnets and inevitably pass whatever they pick up onto unsuspecting adults around them. Throw masks into the mix, and you have just one more item that can spread germs.
Kids are prone to setting their things anywhere they please, which means masks could be deposited on tables, couches, even the floor! Save yourself the agony of finding a mask sitting next to the art supplies in a classroom by instituting a mask lanyard requirement. Rather than depositing a mask on a community surface, a lanyard lets a kid dangle their mask around their neck when they’re not wearing it, sparing it from unnecessary exposure to filth and germs.
Specialist ID’s specially designed kids mask lanyards are perfect for just this very thing. Made for small faces, they not only fit well, they come with breakaway clasps on the back to ensure safety should a lanyard get tangled up and a child or adult needed to pull it off in a hurry.
Diminished Face Touching
If there’s one thing the CDC has hammered home this year, it’s to avoid touching your face unnecessarily. But try explaining that to a five-year-old! Face mask lanyards help prevent unnecessary touching without a child even realizing it.
Thanks to the lanyard at the back of the head, a child can remove their mask just by pulling off from the lanyard. That means no fingers near their eyes, nose, or mouth, all concerning locations for aerosol spray that could contain the virus.
Children inherently want structure, according to Aha Parent. Routines help them feel secure, and in difficult and scary times like this pandemic, having the structure of the daily reminder to put on their face mask lanyard can help them feel safer while actually keeping them safer at the same time.
Soon enough, it becomes routine to get up each day, get ready for school and make sure they have their face mask lanyard, which is not only an enormous benefit for students but also for the teachers and faculty who work with them.
At the same time, the feel of the lanyard around their neck is a subtle reminder to put their face mask on before they exit the bus or car to head into a school building, rather than simply shoving a mask in a pocket or backpack before they head in.
Helps Them Keep Track of Their Mask
Misplacing items is part of being a kid. Heck, it’s a big part of being an adult too. That’s why contraptions like keychain alerts and cellphone finds have been developed, to help us keep tabs on our most important items.
Masks are just as vital, arguably more so right now. And while schools that are open and operating in-person often have disposable masks for kids should they forget theirs, who wants to keep buying their kid additional face masks because they keep losing them?
Instead, a face mask lanyard helps a student hold onto their face mask at all times. That spares teachers class disruptions, keeps everyone safe and healthy, and prevents unnecessary spending on this important piece of PPE.
Which is to say, investing in an affordable Specialist ID kids mask lanyard is a no-brainer. Rather than run the risk of additional exposure, unnecessary face touching, loss of a mask, or increased germ risk, outfit your students in face mask lanyards. These indispensable tools not only fit well and are comfortable, they’re the subtle reminder kids need to keep a mask on at all times. And at this point in the pandemic, we all could use a reminder.