Masking Resources for Parents & Families

The following resources were compiled by our District Administration team to support parents, guardians, and families as we transition to mask-optional in schools beginning March 7, 2022.

Resources for talking to children about change

How to talk to children about face masks
Adapted from "Face Masks and COVID-19: Supporting Children 0-12 Years" on the website

  • Children will have mixed and varying reactions to face masks
  • Talking with children about face masks can help
  • Children need accurate, age-appropriate information and opportunities to ask questions and talk about feelings 

How to help your child digest mask changes and make decisions that make them feel safe and responsible
An Interview with Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Executive Director of Center for Childhood Resilience, featured on NBC5 Chicago

  • Provide open conversation and a safe environment
  • Show grace for differences, uncertainty, and mixed emotions
Managing Anxiety

Support from the Community

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Resilience
  • COVID-19 Call Center: 312-227-5300
  • Staffed by Lurie Children’s nurses and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Social workers and child life specialists are available to help parents and caregivers with community referrals or coping resources
  • Connect with the Center for Childhood Resilience on Twitter and Facebook, too


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