Face covering etiquette
Cloth face coverings will be provided for all students and employees. The State Public Health Order issued by the Governor requires face coverings to be worn by all students, employees and visitors while in a school, a district facility, and a school bus. The only exceptions are explained below.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another, usually within about 6 feet, so the use of cloth face coverings is important in settings where people are close to each other or where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Currently, the CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
In some instances, face shields will be used as needed for special education, language immersion and an approved requested accommodation.
What is a face covering? A mask made of synthetic or natural fabrics that covers the nose and mouth; secures under the chin; fits snugly against the nose and sides of the face; and does not have an exhalation valve or vent.
Can I remove my face covering while instructing in my classroom if I am 6 feet away from the students? If you are providing Tier 1 instruction and it is essential to teach without a face covering, an instructor may teach, unmasked with a face shield, if the entire class is beyond six feet, for no more than 10 consecutive minutes per class period/academic lesson.
May students remove their face covering in class if they remain 6 feet apart? Students may take a short "mask break" if they are at least 6 feet apart and are seated, quietly working. This "mask break" can be for no more than 5 minutes during a class period in secondary schools and in elementary schools, no more than 5 minutes per hour. This is a whole classroom, teacher-directed activity.
Are there any other exemptions to wearing a face covering on school property?
- Individuals maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from any other individual when outdoors.
- Face coverings are not required for students during an outdoor recess.
- Individuals eating or drinking while indoors while maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.
- An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, who has been granted an exemption at the District-level. This individual will have a badge that identifies him/her as an individual exempted from the requirement to wear a face covering on school property.
Visitors, non-regular staff and volunteers
Visitors and volunteers will be required to have a temperature check, complete a symptom checklist and wear a face covering upon entry into a school building.