Duval County School district considering buying reusable face masks for students and staff

Jacksonville, FL — The Duval County School district is considering buying face masks for all students and staff members ahead of the 2020-2021 school year.

According to the district’s agenda posted online, the district would need to purchase 143,000 reusable, cloth face masks to ensure that everyone has one. They say they considered a number of factors in choosing a mask including:

  • Product quality
  • Ability to protect
  • Timely delivery
  • Product cost per item
  • Fit
  • Suitability for students
  • Ability for reuse

In all, buying these masks could come with a $300,400 price tag. According to the online agenda, the money would come from a special fund used to categorize expenditures specifically addressing coronavirus costs.

But one parent tells our partner Action News Jax, she has concerns the mask will only serve as a distraction to students, especially for her son who has ADHD.

"I think he’s going to constantly pick at the mask, take it off. He also wears glasses, and that’s a big thing with masks, they fog up when you wear the masks," says Erica Noe.

The school board is set to consider the recommendation Tuesday evening.

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