Guidelines for students wearing masks at schools

Michigan parents dealing with guidelines regarding masks and school. (Photo from Getty Images)

FLINT, Mich - For students who are going back to school, wearing a mask will be a requirement for almost all of them.

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Parent Nicole Wisda from Davison has a 13-year-old who can't wear a mask due to autism.

Wisda said her daughter will be homeschooled.

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"Kaylynn can't wear a mask because she has meltdowns and if she would have a meltdown in school it would not only be distracting to her classmates and her teachers and the teachers couldn't teach effectively," said Wisda.

The rules regarding masks in school have been set by an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer:

  • Facial coverings must always be worn by staff except for meals.
  • Facial coverings must be worn by pre-K-12 students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation. Any staff or student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one.
  • Facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by Pre-K-12 students in the building except for during meals.
  • Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.

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New Flint Community Schools Superintendent said it will be easier getting younger students into the habit of wearing a mask than the older ones.

"That would be a little easier to manage with the kids not having to sit in class, but getting them accustomed to it," said Steward.

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The question many parents want to know, is it safe for kids to wear a mask throughout the school day?

Bay County Public Health Director Joel Strasz said wearing a mask does not have any negative side effects for most students.


"I've heard some things people say, you are breathing co2 in and that's not true, that's not the case, if that was the case every doctor that performs surgery would be passing out," said Strasz

Strasz says there are medical and psychological conditions were students may not be able to wear a mask.

He says in those situations it's best to consult with a doctor and the district.

The most important part Strasz says is education.

"Get a mask that is comfortable for your child, make sure they are comfortable wearing it, and educate and remind them you need to do it on a daily basis, bring their mask to school and wear their mask around," said Strasz