All students, staff, and pre-approved visitors must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.
Parents are encouraged to offer assistance to children who may have difficulty in adapting to wearing a face covering. School staff are prepared to do the same. Parents are encouraged to supply face coverings for their child’s use in the school setting.
Employees are encouraged to supply a face covering for their own use. The school will supply a face covering to any student who does not have one. PPE will be available to all staff members Students’ cloth face coverings should be clearly identified with their names or initials, to avoid confusion or swapping. Students’ face coverings may also be labeled to indicate top/bottom and front/back.
For in-person instruction, students and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times. Students will be required to wear a face covering when riding the bus, and will not be allowed to board without one. Drivers will have masks available should students forget a face covering.
Separated from other people by either 6 feet or a physical barrier is when a student can be afforded breaks from face coverings. Staff members will afford such breaks in accordance with the reopening plan. Students and staff must be prepared to don a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot social distance.
Face coverings must always be worn in common areas including entrances/ exits, lobbies, and hallways. School staff will don face coverings at all times that they are not separated from other people by either 6 feet or a physical barrier; appropriate breaks and health practices will be applicable including during class instruction and meal times.
Face coverings for school staff may be altered to ensure transparency/visualization as approved by a supervisor. Staff members will remind students about the expectations for the health guidelines.
As a school, it is the primary responsibility to teach children the facts about wearing face coverings, the reason for the requirement, and the proper wear of face coverings. A student refusal is considered insubordination which is addressed in the Code of Conduct. It should be noted that some individuals, however, have authorized accommodations for documented medical necessity to not wear a face covering.