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Wearing a non-medical face mask does not replace hygiene standards or guarantee protection from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, wash your hands frequently using warm water and soap and practice social distancing.
With students and parents gearing up for the first day of school, school boards across the country are working to ensure the health and safety of students and staff as in-person learning starts back up.
What are the current rules and regulations around face masks for kids in school in Canada?
As no COVID-19 vaccine has yet to be approved for children under 12 in Canada, provincial governments are extending their mask mandates and requiring the use of masks for in-person learning.
From kindergarten to Grade 12, students are required to wear face masks indoors, including in hallways, during classes and on school vehicles. In general, non-medical and cloth face masks are approved for use, but it's important to double-check your provincial mask requirements and exceptions before heading to class.
COVID-19: Health and safety measures at schools by jurisdiction
Here are the current health and safety measures across Canada, as of Aug. 30.
With the deadline to shop for school supplies officially on, we rounded up 14 face masks and face shields your kids won't mind wearing all day long. According to reviewers, these are some of the best non-medical face masks for children in 2021.
According to reviewers, these are the best face masks for kids in Canada in 2021
These three-layer cotton face masks are UV-resistant and comfortable for all-day wear. Plus, with design options including "Frozen," "Spiderman," and Disney graphics, your kids won't mind keeping them on throughout the day.
SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $9
Collecting more than 23,000 ratings, these child-friendly face masks have won the coveted spot of "Amazon's Choice" for kid's face masks. The four-ply non-medical masks are available in five designs, including a transportation-themed pack.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $25
This made-in-Ontario face shield features a soft sponge on the forehead, making it more comfortable for all-day use.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $19
These soft, lightweight cotton non-medical masks feature an adjustable nose piece for a comfortable, secure fit. "[My] kids have worn these for months," writes one shopper. "They wash well, wear well and are breathable enough for summer use."
SHOP IT: Gap Canada, $20
Made of a blend of rayon and spandex jersey, this non-medical face mask is designed to feel like a comfortable T-shirt while remaining breathable and dry.
SHOP IT: Bailey Blue, $9 (originally $10)
This non-medical adjustable face shield visor is made from anti-fog PET material and is designed to cushion the forehead with a soft sponge interior. "My five-year-old son wears this to school every day and it perfectly covers his face," writes one reviewer.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $24
An assortment of five colours comes in each pack of these comfortable non-medical face masks. "These are the only masks my kids wear," writes one parent. "They fit nicely and are adjustable."
SHOP IT: Athleta, $25
Old Navy's kid's face mask pack includes five reusable, non-medical-grade face masks in assorted colours and patterns, including dinosaurs, animal prints and camo.
SHOP IT: Old Navy, $15
Available in a two-pack, four-pack, and ten-pack, parents say this top-rated face shield is a "comfortable option" for school-aged children. "The kids feel like superheroes in their shields," writes one reviewer.
SHOP IT: Flowfold, $17
With more than 1,800 reviews backing it, parents describe this over-the-head face mask as "nice and soft" and say "the head strap seems to be much easier for the kiddo to keep on than ear straps." The kid-friendly mask comes in a variety of sizes and patterns and is 30 per cent off right now.
SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $6
Designs aplenty, these non-medical masks are made from triple-layer cotton and include a pocket for inserts. There are seven design packs to choose from, including tie-dye, hearts and polka dot prints.
SHOP IT: Gap Canada, $24
These best-selling Crayola-themed face masks have earned an average rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon. "The metal nose clip is the real winner here," says one parent. "It stays where it should on the face instead of riding up into the child's eyes."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $23
An "Etsy's Pick" face mask, this non-medical face covering is designed for children ages four to 12 and is made from soft, breathable cotton.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $18
Right now, you can grab these top-rated kids' face masks for only $3. Parents call the child-friendly masks "great for school" and say they "fit comfortably."
SHOP IT: Carter's, $3 (originally $9)