Boise, September 24, 2020 - The below guidelines were delivered to school board presidents and other leaders in education in Idaho on September 23, 2020.
Children are now returning to school. Plans for the safe return of children to school, childcare and other group settings must include universal use of face coverings of children 2 years and older and the adults they interact with.
When used with other risk mitigating efforts, masks can further reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in public areas including school buildings.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, masks are considered safe for most children and youth over the age of two years including those with underlying health conditions.
There are very few exceptions for not wearing masks. The following examples should help with decision making for which children should or should not wear masks:
David Pate, M.D., former President and CEO, St. Luke’s Health System
David Peterman, M.D., Pediatrician and CEO, Primary Health Medical Group
Jim Souza, M.D., System Chief Medical Officer, St. Luke’s Health System
John Kaiser, M.D., VP and CMO, Saltzer Health
Joshua Kern, M.D., VPMA for Magic Valley, Jerome and Wood River, St. Luke’s Health System
Kenny Bramwell, M.D., System Medical Director, St. Luke’s Children’s
Mark Nassir, M.D., President, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group
Steven Nemerson, M.D., CCO, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group
Susan Kim, M.D., Physician Director of Pediatric Urgent Care, Primary Health Medical Group
Ted Epperly, M.D., President and CEO, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho