Face Mask Guidance
Our reopening plan emphases a systems approach that includes face coverings, enhanced cleaning, physical distancing, excluding/isolating illness, cohorting, improved ventilation, and frequent hand washing, combining to help keep our students, staff, and families safe by mitigating the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The consistent wearing of face coverings by all students and staff will be perhaps the most important strategy to limit the opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 in the school population.
The CSDE/DPH mask guidance, Addendum 11 - Interim Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings in Schools during COVID-19, was released on August 31, 2020. There are a variety of face coverings which are specifically discussed and the guidance also answers many people's questions on medical exemptions. Please remember that if you have a concern about a mask, we have a large number of cloth masks available to provide to anyone who's face covering may be a single layer or of a lower quality.
Wear a Mask to Protect Others
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms
- Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
- Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection
- Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
- Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Will facemasks have to be worn?
Yes. Facemasks and cloth coverings have proven to be an effective way of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are required for all students and staff. If you do not believe that your child should wear a facemask, or you do not want them to, you should sign up for online learning. Remember, facemasks are not just to keep your child safe- they are to keep your child’s teacher and friends safe also. The mask or face covering must completely cover the nose and mouth. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has online resources on the correct use and cleaning of masks here. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not recommended and will not be allowed. Please start getting your child comfortable with wearing a mask as it will make the transition to the classroom easier. Learn more about face mask guidance and view the chart to review the advantages and disadvantages of specific mask types on page 5 of Addendum 11.
2. Can my child wear a face shield instead of a mask?
No, a face shield is primarily used as eye protection and the CDC does not recommend face shields as a substitution for a facemask. In some school situations, face shields may be used with students with special needs or as an additional level of protection with younger students.
3. Will there be scheduled times for mask breaks each day?
Yes, school principals will create times for students and staff to safely remove masks.