New York may be ending its school mask mandate next month.

So Chalkbeat asked some experts — New York City students — about what it’s like to wear a mask all day, whether it affects their learning, and if they’re ready to be in school without one.

Their experiences are nuanced. While some are frank about the drawbacks that masks can create, like discomfort and trouble hearing classmates, some of those same students also said it felt safer to have their mouth and nose covered.

Students at P.S. 179 in the South Bronx wear masks during a holiday event, Dec. 17, 2021. This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: .

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