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Specializes in School Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

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.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

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.

CanIcallmymom, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nursing. Has 6 years experience.

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.

NurseHeatherBSNRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

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

NurseMom1972, RN

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 8 years experience.

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.

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.

LikeTheDeadSea, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

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.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

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

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

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

GatezRN

Specializes in ICU, Adventures in school nursing. Has 10+ years experience.

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 🙂