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Wearing a Mask is a New Practical Life Skill

Because of the importance of face masks in slowing the spread of COVID-19. CMA will create a community around wearing masks, it will become a normal routine amongst our students and staff.

Putting on a mask, proper way to wear a mask, taking off a mask are all new practical life skills for our changing world. Maria Montessori states, “The exercise of practical life are formative activities, a work of adaptation to the environment. Such adaptions to the environment and efficient functioning therein is the very essence of a useful education.”

We are asking families to think about wearing a mask as a new life skill just like learning to use a spoon, dressing yourself, or opening a container. Wearing a mask is a new essential skill and one that will be taught to our children ages 3-12 years of age.

Like any other are of teacher CMA will support the individual student with love and encouragement when learning a new skill. Teachers will give lessons and talk about why wearing masks are important. CMA will be a community that listens and supports when wearing a mask is hard, teachers will create time and space to take breaks from wearing masks. The face covering policy will be based on the age and developmental level of the child and the physical situation the child is in at the moment.

Are you having difficulty getting children to wear a mask? This article from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has some great tips. This video is great to share with students about the importance of wearing masks.

Wearing masks at K-6th grade is required.

Students ages 3-5 are required to bring a mask to school.

*More details to come on wearing masks.