Yeah, I think that's the point, they fear they'll participate even less than they do anywayOh I would think shy kids would love to hide behind a mask!
In the supermarket when people have to talk with masks, often they nearly scream, so I think cloth masks are not the optimum for schools, especially if they don't fit well.
I think it would work best if everybody had well fitting surgical masks, my friends who have to work with masks , both say they are the best if you have to talk a lot. My friend who is a teacher say that her students had difficulties understanding her when she wore cloth masks.
Surgical masks are available here freely again, but they're still overpriced and many people don't like the idea of all the waste.