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Eau Claire School Board to define acceptable masks for fall

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - On Monday, the Eau Claire School Board will vote to define what will be acceptable face coverings for students.

The agenda for Monday's meeting includes a final vote on a proposed modification to Student Dress and Grooming Guidelines, covering what is and is not an acceptable face mask this fall.

The change would define a proper face covering as cotton or linen that is worn over the nose and mouth such as a cloth face mask, a disposable or paper mask, neck gaiter, or religious face covering.

Acceptable face coverings would not include face shields, bandanas, mesh masks, or masks with vents.

Recent studies have shown that certain face coverings do not protect droplets from spreading as effectively as others.

"We do know that those good fitting masks and tightly woven fabrics are those that typically do a better job at keeping those droplets in. When you think about a bandana folded in half and put over our face, there's a lot of open space along the side of the face where some of those droplets can escape," said Audrey Boerner with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

Board President Tim Nordin says this is meant to keep students, staff and the community as safe as possible.

Again, the proposed modification will be voted on Monday's school board meeting at 7 p.m.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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