Coverings for Kids

Coverings for Kids seeks to support students and their school communities throughout the Commonwealth as districts prepare for the start of the school year. We all know this year will look very different due to the guidelines that have been issued to help keep our students, educators and staff safe, as well as their families. As schools prepare for that return, we want to make sure that everyone in our school communities has the resources to be either #HealthyAtHome or #HealthyAtSchool.

For those returning to in-person instruction, face masks will be one of the biggest changes many of our students will see this year. All staff and students in first grade and above will be required to wear masks (unless they have a medical waiver). While wearing a face covering is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the First Lady and Lieutenant Governor know there are circumstances that make obtaining a mask difficult or even impossible for some people.

Through coordination with our partners, Coverings for Kids is an effort to collect mask donations – homemade or otherwise – to provide to Kentucky schools at no cost and alleviate some of the stress that some face during this time. Donations of face coverings and masks in any size, for both children and adults, will be accepted.

Please take a look at the resources on this page or search online for details on mask-making and how to donate near you. Thank you for being a part of #TeamKentucky, and for helping our kids be #HealthyAtSchool!

Visit your school district's webpage for information on where to donate.

Have questions? Check here for answers!

Kentucky Hands & Voices – a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing – has partnered with the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to provide TWO FREE ClearMasks™ per family. Only Kentucky families of children (ages 0-18) who are deaf or hard of hearing are eligible to receive the free masks, but there is a link where you can purchase the ClearMask™ if you would like to provide some to your school district. Note: The ClearMask™ is intended for adult use for those communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Coverings for KIDS


Mask Patterns/Tutorials:

Child Size Face Mask, The Stitching Scientist

How To Make a Mask, Johns Hopkins Medicince | Adult pattern with detailed instructions for mask with ties

Child Size Cloth Face Mask, Johns Hopkins Medicine | Child size mask with ear loops; various dimensions for different age groups

Kid Mask Template, See Kate Sew | Video tutorial, detailed instructions with printable pattern, 2 different sizes.

Guidance on Kids Wearing Masks:

Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12), pp. 10-11

Considerations for Reopening Schools: Workplace Health and Safety, pp. 5-6

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