A high school in Utah has issued clear plastic face shields for all of its football players, but the new piece of equipment won’t be required.
The Granite School District provided the face shields to each player at all eight high schools.
Health department guidelines don’t require players to wear masks while on the field, but the idea is to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We wanted them to have all the tools they needed to stay safe, and we saw this as one of those vital tools,” Granite School District athletic specialist Chris Shipman told the local CBS affiliate.
Health guidelines do not require football players to wear a mask on the field.— Jim Spiewak (@JimSpiewak) August 15, 2020
But today one school district handed out full clear face shields to every player.
They’re not required.
So will players take the extra safety step?
Shipman said the new face shields are the same being used by the college players, which have an upper and lower clear plastic sections.
“We received them yesterday afternoon. They got to schools today so we are unsure how our players are going to react to them” Shipman said.