April 21, 2021
Dear Starfish Families:
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a new mask mandate which has been expanded to includes children ages 2-5. The general mask mandate now applies to children ages 2 and up (instead of ages 5 and up). That means that younger children will be expected to wear masks in public places. This order goes into effect on Monday April 26, 2021.
What this means for you:
When Starfish Centers are reopened, children ages 2 and older will be required to wear a mask inside the classroom, hallways, and outdoor areas.
Every effort is to be made to ensure the children wear their mask in both indoor and outdoor setting.
Staff will continue wearing masks. There is no change to this mandate.
This order follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) who explain, “Face masks can be safely worn by all children 2 years of age and older, including the many children with other health conditions, with rare exceptions. Children 2 years of age and older have shown they can be taught basic infection control skills (such as hand washing, sneeze/cough etiquette, and physical distancing), including wearing a face mask.”
The AAP website has great resources for parents, including:
Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings
Vice President of Early Childhood Development