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Cloth masks will no longer be accepted at West Contra Costa Unified

West Contra Costa Unified will not allow students to wear cloth masks after Jan.17, following suggestions by medical experts.

Though California Health and Human Services Director Mark Ghaly has encouraged the wearing of well-fitting, higher-grade masks, the state has stopped short of requiring them. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering updating its mask guidance to recommend that people use N95 or KN95 masks, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The district will provide each student with a new surgical mask every day. Employees will be required to wear KN95 masks, and will be provided with two each week.