UPDATED 2:50 PM PT – Friday, August 14, 2020
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), kids ages two years and older should wear face masks, especially when social distancing isn’t an option. On Thursday, the academy issued the new guidance and emphasized this could be key to safely reopening schools.
This comes as schools across the country have been debating whether or not to resume in-person classes. Officials and parents alike have questioned the safety of doing so amid the ongoing pandemic.
The AAP has said it is difficult to socially distance in an academic setting, but noted wearing masks can help ease the danger.
“The best way to get our kids back into school and back into in-school learning is to decrease the spread of coronavirus,” explained Dr. Lee Beers. “So, by wearing masks, we can help decrease the spread of coronavirus.”
The medical group also urged adults to set an example for kids by wearing their face masks and regularly washing their hands.