MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

  • Students and staff will wear masks/face coverings at all times when at school and during all classes including PE classes, recess, etc. (Executive Order No. 20-59). Students may be provided limited outdoor fresh air breaks to accommodate for this new school practice. Students may remove masks when eating and drinking if seated and socially distanced and during exertional activities if social distance and small cohort groups can be maintained.


    While the district will have masks available, students may choose to wear a homemade or store-bought mask. Most masks are effective at blocking a large number of respiratory droplets that leave the nose and mouth. As families consider masks/face coverings, here are some recommendations from Johns Hopkins Medicine: 

    • Bandannas, scarves, hand towels, or any items made of cotton or linen are a good place to start. 

    • Thicker, more densely woven cotton fabrics are best, such as quilting cotton or cotton sheets. 

    • Stretchy knits are not ideal. 

    • Hold the fabric up to the light. The fewer tiny holes you can see, the better it will work to filter droplets. 

    • Making a good mask involves finding a balance. You want a fabric that does not allow droplets to pass through while ensuring you can still breathe properly with your mask in place. 


    Please note: Based upon a recent study done at Duke University, cotton alternatives likely perform better than stretchy polyester options (such as traditional “neck gaiters”). For this reason, it is recommended that options other than neck gaiters should be considered. If someone likes the idea of a neck device that reaches up to the mouth and nose, consider fabrics that are not stretchy and porous.
    Additional guidance about masks/face coverings is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  


    MASK/FACE COVERING EXEMPTIONS

    In the event a student or staff member has a medical reason to be excluded from wearing a mask while at school, a mask exemption form must be completed and returned to the school nurse for review once completed. This form is available online. A form is required for all exemptions. Please note, the form must be completed by an M.D., a D.O. or a nurse practitioner.