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SchoolNurse91 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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We have a student who is coming to school with a mask on to "prevent the virus." Parents are freaking out.. they think we are allowing a sick kid into the school. Do you guys allowed healthy students to wear masks? How should we handle this? The only time I put a mask on a student is if they are sick and a parent cannot come quickly. 

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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I'm not a school nurse, but I would call the parents to provide education and direct them to the cdc site for further information.  Then I would have the masked avenger take off his mask, as it is (unintentionally) causing issues.

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CanIcallmymom has 4 years experience.

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I think if they are going to allow it, then they probably need to distribute some information to dispel the fear it is undoubtedly causing. But I agree, I would call parents and educate them. Masks are only good for a few hours, then the moisture and mucus from breathing contaminates them.

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NurseHeatherBSNRN has 6 years experience as a ASN, BSN and specializes in School Nursing.

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Masks are not allowed in our school for any reason, other than while in the clinic waiting for pickup.

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NurseMom1972 has 8 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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We are allowing masks, I will continue to educate regarding their "usefulness" (uselessness).  I am doubtful I will be able to change the minds of the parents.

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5 minutes ago, NurseMom1972 said:

We are allowing masks, I will continue to educate regarding their "usefulness" (uselessness).  I am doubtful I will be able to change the minds of the parents.

Ugh, I'm sorry.   I wonder how many "My mask broke/itches/bothers me" visits you'll have headed your way.

 

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LikeTheDeadSea has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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We pass it to our building administrators to sort out, handle, reach out to parents, etc since it causes building panic/silliness to have someone wearing it.  Bullies absolutely gravitate towards that sorta thing, too.  Parents need to know that their kid is being targeted because of it. 

Our dress code does not permit anything hiding the face in the event of an emergency/identification, so without a doctor's note or compromised immune system paperwork, we're bouncing it that direction. 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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24 minutes ago, NurseMom1972 said:

We are allowing masks, I will continue to educate regarding their "usefulness" (uselessness).  I am doubtful I will be able to change the minds of the parents.

Noooooo..... I'm sorry 

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hmmmm....ummmmmm....that is a hard no

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Nope nope nope.  I'm only masking students who have fever AND respiratory symptoms AND are waiting to be picked up.

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GatezRN has 10+ years experience and specializes in ICU, Adventures in school nursing.

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Had one student show up with a mask in K last week.  Called mom. Explained that the mask is not only a distraction to student and classmates, who now think the little one is sick, but it was causing the student to constantly readjust the mask and touch her face.  I'm trying my best to teach the kids not to touch their face!  Told mom that I would like to have student remove the mask.  Mom agreed 🙂

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