Yes. Although masks are not required in schools, students are encouraged to wear them to help protect themselves and others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal indoor masking by all students (ages 2 and older), staff, teachers and visitors within K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.
A report released in late June by scientists from Duke University found that wearing masks was effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 on buses and in schools even without physical distancing. The scientists examined data from March through June that was gathered from 100 North Carolina school districts and 14 charter schools representing nearly 1.3 million students.
“Masks can make a major difference in the transmission of COVID-19,” Dr. Carter says. “Be sure to wear them properly so they cover both mouth and nose.”