How many masks should my child take to school? Is it necessary to carry hydroalcoholic gel or is just hand washing enough? With a mask they have enough for the whole day? Where should they keep the masks they are not using? 

With the return to school just around the corner and still waiting to know the measures that schools are going to adopt to face the contagion by the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus , more and more mothers and fathers are beginning to worry for their little ones and for how (with what prevention measures) they should start the new year at school. 

To offer a safe school environment to students and staff working in schools (or any educational center), a series of prevention and protection measures must be established, especially for the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 , so that they They can carry out the classes minimizing the risk of contagion as much as possible.

What do children need to return to school safely?

It is important that children follow minimum standard precautions aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of the coronavirus and that should be applied by anyone regardless of their condition or diagnosis.

In addition to the decisions made in the different autonomous communities regarding safety and the prevention of possible coronavirus infections, all children who go to school to start classes should carry:

  • Masks , which can be reusable, surgical or with an FFP2 filter and are mandatory from 6 years of age both in class and at recess.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel for hand disinfection.
  • Container to store the masks . 

Any mask worth? Requirements to be met by reusable hygienic masks for adults or children and surgical masks. Specification UNE: 0065: 2020 and Standard UNE-EN14683: 2019

No, not just any mask will do. It depends on the type of masks that our children use, they must meet minimum manufacturing standards, in case of using reusable hygienic masks they must comply with the UNE: 0065: 2020 Specification . We recommend that you use reusable hygienic masks, which can be washed for use more than once. It is important that they are made of waterproof fabric and treated with antibacterials under regulations. 

The reusable masks are suitable for adults and children from 3 years. Adult supervision should be provided during the donning and doffing of these masks.

In the event that our little ones use surgical masks , they must comply with the UNE-EN14683: 2019 + AC: 2019 Standard . Children’s surgical masks for children are for single use and depending on the size they can be used from 3 years.

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Is it necessary for each student to carry the hydroalcoholic gel?

In some centers they will have a hydroalcoholic gel that will be used for all the students in the class, but we recommend that each student bring theirs to avoid contact with so many different hands with the container.

Also, if you carry it with you, it will be easier for you to reapply it as many times as necessary, while if you do not have it, you may apply it less times.

What complementary measures can help our children to protect themselves?

There are complementary measures that can serve a lot when it comes to minimizing the possible spread of the virus and therefore the possible contagion within schools. It is clear that depending on the age of our children it will be possible for them to comply or they will need adults (at home) or teachers (at school) to remind them. These measurements are:

  • Maintain frequent hand hygiene with soap and water.
  • Use a hydroalcoholic gel.
  • Sneezing or coughing into the inside of the flexed elbow.
  • Use single-use tissues and throw them away after each use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible, as hands facilitate transmission.  

Kits for going back to school

Prevention kit 1 (washable masks)

It is composed of:

  • 2 reusable hygienic masks for children from 5 years old that can be washed 20 times. UNE specification: 0065: 2020
  • 1 hydroalcoholic gel dispenser 60 mL.

Prevention kit 2 (surgical masks)

  • 1 pack of 10 single-use children’s surgical masks. Standard UNE-EN14683: 2019
  • 1 hydroalcoholic gel dispenser 60 mL.

Kit prevention and increase of defenses

  • 2 reusable hygienic masks for children from 5 years old that can be washed 20 times.
  • 1 hydroalcoholic gel dispenser 60 mL.
  • Echinacea for children from 6 years Echinaforce Kids A. Vogel.