'It allows students to see my face': Here's where to buy clear face masks that are teacher-approved

Alyssa Tria
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There is no evidence to support that wearing a face mask will protect you from COVID-19. You should still avoid touching your face, washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds using warm water and soap and practice social distancing.

While cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged and even mandatory areas around the country, this “new normal” has raised concerns amongst caregivers, teachers, as well as students heading back to school in September.

In cases where wearing a face mask isn’t feasible, such as instances where health and communication come into play, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention recommend wearing adaptations and alternatives whenever possible.

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Rather than opting for face shields, which the CDC does not recommend for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face covering, clear face masks are the perfect solution. As its name entails, these innovative face masks feature a clear window to showcase the mouth.

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Clear face masks/coverings should comfortably cover the nose, wrap securely around the face and should not to cause any breathing difficulties or overheating for the wearer.

Teachers and staff who may consider clear face coverings beneficial include those who interact with students or staff who are deaf or hard of hearing, young students learning to read, students with disabilities and those who rely on lip-reading as a part of learning, such as students who are English Language Learners.

If you’re in the market for clear face masks, we’ve round up a few options that teachers and shoppers alike are already loving.

CraftyMerMade Face Mask With Clear Window

CraftyMerMade Face Mask With Clear Window
CraftyMerMade Face Mask With Clear Window

Customer Review: “Such an amazing purchase! I’m a teacher of the deaf and I couldn’t be happier with this product (I also ordered a blue gingham pattern and love that one too!). Juliet was able to make a smaller size for me and it fits perfectly! Not to mention the shipping was quick, the packaging was adorable and she included a sweet handwritten note. And they really don’t fog! I will definitely be ordering more. Thank you!”

SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $28

RandLByDesign ANTI-FOG Adults/Kids Clear Mask

RandLByDesign ANTI-FOG Adults/Kids Clear Mask
RandLByDesign ANTI-FOG Adults/Kids Clear Mask

Customer Review: “I’m a speech therapist who will be required to wear a mask and shield daily. This mask is perfect. It allows students to see my face and does not fog. It is also very comfortable.”

SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $35

zarascreative Designer Face Mask: Adults and Kids, Anti Fog

zarascreative Designer Face Mask: Adults and Kids, Anti Fog
zarascreative Designer Face Mask: Adults and Kids, Anti Fog

Customer Review: “Outstanding workmanship. My students will get a kick out of seeing me in these super hero masks. Thank you”

SHOP IT: Etsy, $35 (originally $41)

DesignByValentyna Reusable Window Mask

DesignByValentyna Reusable Window Mask
DesignByValentyna Reusable Window Mask

Customer Review: “Beautifully made! My grandma became deaf as she got older and relies on lip-reading so these masks will be perfect to wear when we see her.”

SHOP IT: Etsy, starting at $32

VintageSouthernArt Kid & Adult Size - Smile Communicator Cloth Mask Clear Window

VintageSouthernArt Kid & Adult Size - Smile Communicator Cloth Mask Clear Window
VintageSouthernArt Kid & Adult Size - Smile Communicator Cloth Mask Clear Window

Customer Review: “Great mask so my littles can see my mouth during speech therapy. Fast turnaround time from order to delivery. Thank you!”

SHOP IT: Etsy, $42

SachikaBoutique Anti-fog 100% Clear Face Mask

SachikaBoutique Anti-fog 100% Clear Face Mask
SachikaBoutique Anti-fog 100% Clear Face Mask

Customer Review: “It does fog a little, but I am excited to use this to teach this fall. I want my students to be able to see my facial expressions, and this definitely does that.”

SHOP IT: Etsy, $28

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