Face Coverings

  • All students and employees who are in school buildings will be required to wear face coverings. The district will provide each student with one (1) mask.

    A face covering can include a paper or disposable mask, cloth mask, scarf, bandana, or a religious face covering. The face covering must cover the mouth and nose completely. The covering should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear. 

    Face coverings that are NOT allowed include masks that incorporate a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents. These are not sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask. The CDC does not recommend the use of athletic face coverings/neck warmers as a substitute for cloth face coverings.

    Employees and students should wash their face coverings daily according to the CDC Guidelines (https://www. cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html). If the mask is soiled or damaged, it should be discarded or properly washed.

    If a student does not have access to a mask or forgets his/her mask at home, a mask will be provided to that student. Student services personnel will provide parents training resources, including a video, regarding how to properly wear, remove, and store masks. Building personnel will ensure that students also receive the training. Students will be allowed to remove their masks to eat.

    Elementary classes will have 1-2 outdoor recesses per day to give students an opportunity to remove masks, if physical distancing can be maintained. When outside for any class, students will be allowed to remove their masks when they can maintain six feet of distance from their teacher and peers. When not in use, masks should be carefully folded so that the outer surface is held inward and against itself to reduce contact with the outer surface during storage. The folded mask can be stored between uses in a clean sealable paper bag or breathable container.

    If students have underlying health conditions, the parents/guardians will need to provide a doctor’s exemption and then the student can wear a face shield. Administration and staff will work with the families, remain flexible, and may consider other supports or learning models to meet students’ needs. Students who have sensory issues can work with the school’s IEP team to use social stories and a sensory diet to help the student acclimate to wearing a mask or a face shield. Families are encouraged to begin this process with their students prior to the start of school. Through modeling and social stories, education and training on proper mask wearing will be provided to students in the early childhood, STARS, and LASP programs. 

    Students who refuse to wear a mask without proper medical exemption documentation will be excluded from on-site (in-person) instruction until the student complies with the practice of wearing a mask. Students sent home for refusal to wear masks will be expected to engage in e-learning until they return to school.