Half A Million N95 Masks To Be Provided To Ventura County Schools


The State of California completed delivery of 514,562 N95 masks to the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo today. The masks will be distributed to Ventura County public and private K-12 schools for voluntary use by students and staff. Each school and district will develop its own procedure for making the masks available.

Image of boxes of N95 Masks to be distributed to Ventura County Schools

N95 masks fit snugly to the face and provide a higher level of protection from the coronavirus than the more common surgical masks. The CDC says N95 masks filter out at least 95% of airborne particles.


The use of N95 masks is completely voluntary, and they are not intended for use by young children because of their size. State regulations require school staff and students age two and older to wear face coverings indoors on school campuses. However, families and employees may decide what type of mask they prefer.


“We’re grateful to the state for providing these N95 masks for students and staff who would like to use them,” said Dr. César Morales, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. “Anything we can do to help slow the spread of the virus will support our efforts to keep schools safely operating during the pandemic.”


For the latest information about COVID-19 and Ventura County schools, please visit www.vcoe.org/covid-19.



About the Ventura County Office of Education

The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.

Dave Schermer
DIRECTOR of communications

Ventura County Office of Education
5189 Verdugo Way • Camarillo, CA 93012
Tel: (805) 383-1922 • Fax: (805) 383-1908
[email protected] www.vcoe.org

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William Hicks

1) N-95’s don’t have an endless safe use. They have to be routinely replaced. What happens when the supply runs out?
2) All face masks/respirators need to be used in a particular fashion. Who is going to teach people how to use N-95’s?