Mask supply running low

Kristyn Alvarez, Student Life Editor

Duncan Middle School always has extra masks up front when students walk into the school in the mornings. Often times, teachers carry extra masks, just in case.

David Ellis checks Kristyn Alvarez’s temperature. (Noah McFatridge)

But there are many students who walk in daily without a mask and have too get one from the front or from the office. Sometimes, mask straps break or the masks are too large and don’t sit properly on the students’ faces.

At the start of the school year, the school district purchased masks to ensure all students and staff had masks throughout the school year. But there are concerns about the number of masks remaining, as more and more students use school-supplied masks.

David Ellis, who greets students in the morning and takes their temperatures, said quite a few masks are given out in the mornings.

“In the neighborhood of 20,” Ellis said.

Many teachers have spare masks in their desks for students who need them. However, even those supplies are starting to run out.

Some students have claimed the masks they bring to school are “too big” or that they “can’t breathe” with that particular mask. This has also attributed to dwindling mask supplies.

At the start of the school year, the district supplied all students and teachers with several masks that could be washed up to 100 times before needing to be replaced. But there are some students who come to school ever day without a mask, which has made a lasting impact on the mask supply.