What are the requirements for students and staff to wear masks in school buildings?

Students and staff are to wear a mask at all times on the bus and at school, except while eating. Reusable, 3-ply cotton face masks and face shields will be provided for students. Families also may choose to provide a mask for their child(ren). CDC recommendations for masks for community use specify non-valved, multi-layer cloth masks to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2. This refers to the use of well-fitting cloth face masks or face masks to cover a person’s mouth and nose to prevent spread of respiratory secretions when they are talking, sneezing, or coughing. Students may wear a gaiter if they already have a face mask underneath the gaiter; they cannot be worn alone.   

It should be noted that some students are unable to wear masks for any of several acceptable reasons, which are addressed on an individual basis. All students are welcome in classrooms and other building spaces, although those who are unable to wear a mask may be moved in/out of specific areas when needed. Please contact your child’s teacher or school administrator with any specific concerns.