I teach in the public school system where masks are required. As of now, I can give mask breaks to my students as they need them but I have heard many other stories where very few mask breaks are given during the day. I have witnessed my students struggling to speak loud enough over the masks, especially the soft spoken students. Students have complained of headaches. When they have to read aloud with their masks, they seem to need to take in deep breaths to read. Even though frowned upon, I do let them take their masks done so I can understand them and that they don’t have to have shortness of breath. I have picked them up from gym class, sweating and red faced under their masks. We have to immediately get back to class to drink and take a mask break because all of our water fountains are covered and not in use. It sickens me every day to see my students behind these masks.