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How many masks do you have?
Old 07-24-2020, 11:24 AM
 
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I'm going back to in person teaching, so I need enough masks so I can switch them out if needed during the day.

I have 5 that I find comfortable,and have filters, and 4 lighter ones that I can wear outside for a bit, or running into stores.

I'm wondering if 5 is enough for school?

How many do you have?

P.S. I just saw the masks I liked the best for $7.88 for 4- free shipping. I just paid $12.00 for 4, so I couldn't resist!


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Right now I just have one because I've only been using it when I go to stores, etc. I just ordered 5 from a friend that makes them, plus our school is providing one for us with our logo on it, so I will have 7. I want to be able to wash the ones I am wearing to school each day, but probably won't do laundry daily.
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I bought a bag on Amazon of 50 for $30. They are thinner and I can change them frequently in my 95 degree classroom. I also have 9 better ones. The rest of the family has 10 to share. Iíll probably add some of my 50 to their pile. DH has his work ones that were given to him with the company logo. DS20 never leaves the house except for church and to mow his grandparents yard. DS17 has one with him but I can only hope he wears it.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:33 AM
 
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Our plan recommends 2 masks per day as minimum. I have about a dozen.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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I have 6 that I ordered from easymasks.com Made in a sock factory in North Carolina. Soft, comfortable, come with a metal insert for nose, don't fog my glasses. fast delivery and good customer service

And 2 homemade masks.


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Just curious, shouldn't the schools
Old 07-24-2020, 12:14 PM
 
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have a supply of masks available for EVERYONE, students, staff, and teachers? They can surely get a bigger discount by buying in bulk. Better yet, why isn't the government providing them? Oh, I forgot, we don't live in a developed nation.

I am SO glad I will not have to be in a room full of masked kids. It was always difficult enough to get students to speak up and project their voices. These days, I have to ask adults to repeat themselves when words get mangled by fabric. Oh, I do not envy any teacher who has to return in person.
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I have 4 cloth masks
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But DD's home gave me a box of 50 of the paper ones.
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I have about 10, because I keep making different ones.
I am looking to buy a few and wonder besides homemade, what everyone's favorite is.

Munchkins - where did you buy your new ones?
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Old 07-24-2020, 12:48 PM
 
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My district is giving each adult on camps one cloth mask.
They have not purchased masks for students, apparently they have enough to give them on an as needed basis. Iím at a Title I school so I see us running out of masks quite quickly.

I personally have 4 cloth masks right now and some disposable surgical masks.
I ordered a set of 5 solid color masks that have adjustable ear loops that should be here next week. Iíve had to make all of the ear loops smaller on every mask Iíve gotten (minus the disposable ones) so Iím hoping the adjustable ones are better.
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Here are the ones that came yesterday.


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I have 6. I learned after buying the non nose wire ones that the ones with the nose wire are far more comfortable, and I only have 3 of those. So I have the other 3 I could use in a pinch but I don't really use them anymore.

I tried a disposable one at a store after dropping my mask on the ground outside and it was SO much more comfortable and breathable than any cloth thing I've tried. I will likely get some of those for school, but I'm waiting to see how it plays out because I don't want to waste my money.

First of all, I think there's a high probability we'll end up remote anyway. Secondly, I'm supposedly being given a clear mask so that students can see my mouth for phonics. Those kind just look very uncomfortable and not breathable at all, so I'm thinking I will likely put that on only to teach my younger reading groups and wear something else the rest of the day. But I guess I should try it on before making that assumption. But then thirdly, the governor claims each school staff member will receive an N-95 mask weekly. Not sure if the expectation is then that we wear those, or what. I know they're supposed to be single use. Too many unknowns to run out and buy something right now, especially since we have over a month before students start. So much seems to change every few days!
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And I just ordered these. I know they wonít come in for a long time, but I figured the others would last until then.
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My disposable ones are by far the most comfortable and breathable. However, I must have a pretty small face as the slide all over the place... and end up in my eyes, the cloth ones don’t do that.

I have handmade cloth ones I ordered on Etsy that I like.
The ones I have coming are from Zulily, they have tons of options. Just keep an eye on the shipping time frames.

N95 masks, unless properly fitted really aren’t any different than any other mask.

Haley- if you’re worried about the clear mask fogging up I’ve read you can try rubbing it with dish detergent prior to wearing it.
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Good luck with that!
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But then thirdly, the governor claims each school staff member will receive an N-95 mask weekly.
My niece is a sonographer in a University hospital in our state and she has never gotten an N95 mask.
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Old 07-24-2020, 02:18 PM
 
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You got a great deal. $24.99 today.

Old Navy and and JoAnn Fabrics have cute masks in stores.

I'm retired and won't be subbing in this mess.
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Haley- if youíre worried about the clear mask fogging up Iíve read you can try rubbing it with dish detergent prior to wearing it.
I'm not worried about that part- I assume they're smart enough to buy something with anti-fog tech (of course, we know what happens when you assume...). I'm worried about how on earth I'm going to breathe through hard plastic. In the examples I've seen online, there is a tiny, tiny space on the sides and it seems that's the only air you're getting. And I'm someone who feels a little suffocated in a cloth mask, so I'm imagining this is 100x worse. Hopefully I'm wrong though; I haven't actually gotten it/tried it on yet.
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I have five or six masks!
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Many were made from cloth by a friend!
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Please check my post on the Advertisement Board for comfortable masks. I have been retired 6 years. I started making masks to sell after a bear destroyed our honeybee hives resulting in no honey to sell this year.
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I currently have about 20. I figure I will probably change them at least once during the school day. One of my grade level teachers has been making masks. She has a lot of different fabrics. I can't resist having cute, stylish masks for school. I just ordered 4 from her. I also bought from a site on etsy because the masks are comfortable. I'd rather have more masks than needed. They are all washable, so I will always have enough.
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I just got 4 with the clear middles on them. They came in today, so I'm thrilled! They took 7 weeks to come in.

I have 4 other regular ones.

I also have a shield.

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Our plan recommends 2 masks per day as minimum. I have about a dozen.
Why do you need more than one a day?
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Iím making my own. I have about five so far. I just bought some fun fabrics for the rest: Curious George, Minnie Mouse, and crayons. I figure if I have to wear them, they need to be fun.
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I have two cloth Etsy masks I ordered back in March/April. My dad also gave me a few N95 masks he got from a friend. So right now I have about 7 total masks. Thankfully my district just decided to go back virtually for at least the first marking period, so I will need fewer masks than I originally thought.
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DH requested enough for two weeks, plus anywhere we go on weekends. Iím also thinking Iíll need to change during the day if itís hot or they get wet. My goal is to get 20 each.

Iíve made three different types and just found another pattern I like. Iíll finish up our 20 each with those.
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I have about 10. Iíve been trying different brands and trying to find cute ones to not scare my second graders
Park Candy had cute Disney themed and they are very soft
I bought a Cotapaxi one and am very disappointed. Only 1 layer- Iíll probably where it only with a shield
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I am looking to buy a few and wonder besides homemade, what everyone's favorite is
We love Flatten the Curve masks. https://www.flattenthecurvemasks.com/

Not the cheapest of masks, but made of Kona cotton which has a very tight weave. They have a filter pocket and also sell filters you can put in. My husband and I both wear them a lot. Nice nose metal strip, great customer service. They're being made in the US (Chicago area) by seamstresses whose factory work was reduced or eliminated.

You can also buy extra elastic from them
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I made two cotton ones, and I bought one Vogmask (expensive, but has two breathing filters).

We're starting virtual, so I have some time.
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I find the blue disposable masks to be the most comfortable and breathable. I walk around my lake a few times per week so I really notice the difference. I have one cloth mask and 1 Norwex mask . The Norwex one sits in my glove box with my disposable ones and I use that if I must go in crowded areas , drive thru places, etc. Its very thick.

The assisted living facility where my mother lives announced they will no longer provide disposable masks for their residents. I purchased the disposable ones for her and one cloth. Can't be certain of the laundering. It's getting costly . Target charges
$15.99 for 20 masks.

I think the yellow disposable ones are a level up from the blue and that's what they should provide for the teachers for face to face. I wish we were allowed to purchase those.
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I've been making cotton/flannel masks since May as a hobby to help distract me from my anxiety and keep my hands busy. I've made and donated/given about 600 masks so far to nonprofits and friends.

I've ordered 5 masks with the vinyl mouth area since I'm a reading specialist - 1/day.
Beyond that, if we go back to school in person, i'm planning to have 6 with me/day. I'll change it out between groups. I ordered a small wet/dry bag like I used to have when my kids wore cloth diapers and am going to use it to carry them in. I'm planning to have 2 rotations of 6 so I can wash them and have 6 for the next day. If my kids are in school, I'll be sending them with the same and washing a load of masks every night.

Right now my goal is to make as many masks as I can and have a big collection for this summer. The nonprofits have told me they'll need more once school starts, and I'm assuming I'll have teacher friends who want more if we are in person.
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If we go back, I will buy 5 in different patterns and wear a different one each day. Vera Bradly has them for $8 a piece so I'll go get them there. I bought 1 already that I like. I keep one in my purse so that can be my spare.
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I have 6 cotton masks that were handmade but I also bought a box of 50 disposable masks from Amazon for $20. I throw the disposable ones in the washing machine and hang dry. I plan on using several masks each day - and I don't want to handwash them. I'll just throw them in the laundry basket and wash on the weekends (so I will need quite a few for one week).
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Has tons of cute masks. Only $8.00. I bought a seaside themed one, Vera Bradley. They also have a back and white polka dot one I need to buy! Now I have about eights masks and at least 20 disposables. I never go anywhere without my mask. You cannot get in to store without one. How about the folks who do not cover their noses. Might as well leave the mask at home! Just does not make sense.
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as I have tried many to get the best fit and feel.

I decided I like the ones with the vertical seam in the center best. They don't snug up to my mouth and nose as much as others. I like the ones lined with flat cotton as they are cooler on my chin and cheeks.

My school did provide me with a box of 50 disposable masks, a box of rubber gloves and two face shields. I was pleasantly surprised as we were told that the school would not provide this. Maybe they were told to do so, maybe a change of heart, or maybe a punch of common sense snuck in.

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