County Education Office Distributes N95 Masks to Local Schools
Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Education
Santa Barbara County Education Office is distributing 276,480 adult-sized N95 masks received from the state to county public school districts, charter schools, and private schools for voluntary use by students and staff. Each school and district will develop its own procedure for making the masks available.
N95 masks offer the highest level of protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, because their snug fit to the face does not leave a gap for airborne particles to enter. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), N95 masks filter out at least 95% of airborne particles.
State regulations require school staff and students age two and older to wear face coverings indoors on school campuses. However, the use of N95 masks is voluntary. Families and employees may decide what type of mask they prefer.
“The N95 masks we’ve received are high-quality, well-fitting, and protective,” said Dr. Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools. “We appreciate the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for helping us provide our families and staff with this sought-after option of protection.”
Debbie Breck, SBCEO Internal Services Administrator, said that N95 masks are “another important tool we are offering to keep schools operating safely.”