Mask Protocol

When worn properly, a mask/face covering helps mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by reducing droplet transmission between people. As a reminder, masks/face coverings do not replace the need to maintain social distancing, frequent hand washing, and our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines.

APPROVED MASKS/FACE COVERINGS - “Mask/Face Covering” is defined as a covering that extends over the nose and mouth and is secured with straps to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “mask/face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton silk, or linen, and can include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth. The CDC does not recommend face shields and
 notes, the protection afforded by a face shield alone continues to be investigated, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.  

Please follow the guidance below for the types of masks/face coverings approved for wear by school district staff and students. Hand hygiene should be performed before and after applying and removing a mask/face covering.

GENERAL GUIDANCE
  • Staff and students may wear personal, clean, well-maintained masks/face coverings appropriate for the school environment that meet the approved criteria identified above.
  • Staff and students must wear a mask/face covering at all times in hallways, classrooms, public spaces, and other common areas across district spaces.
  • Staff and students should remain mindful not to unnecessarily touch masks/face coverings except for removal for meals and breaks.
  • Children two years and older are required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student’s health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team
  • Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication, are not required to wear a mask; however, individuals should consider using another type of face covering such as a plastic face shield. 
Students may remove masks/face coverings (take a “mask break”) when:
  • Eating or drinking when spaced at least six feet apart; or
  • At least 6 feet apart during “mask/face covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes; or
  • When wearing a mask/face covering creates an unsafe condition to operate equipment or execute a task.