Dr. Lauren Stone discussed face masks as part of dress code come fall academic year
North Central College’s Dr. Lauren Stone, assistant professor of occupational therapy, recently interviewed with the Naperville Sun on the concept of face coverings likely to become part of the every day accessory in schools come the fall academic year. As schools begin to prepare their campuses for the upcoming school year, they are faced with reopening guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Dr. Stone recommends parents help their children prepare for this new mandatory dress code ahead of time. She told the Naperville Sun that starting school can be a stressful time and requiring something over the face can add another layer of anxiety, even for adults.
“The sooner children become acclimated to wearing masks during everyday tasks, the quicker it will become part of their regular routine,” said Stone. “This will be important for younger children who tend to fidget with face covering or for kids with sensory issues.”