8/17/20 New State Public Health Order Regarding Face Masks
On Friday, August 14th, the State issued a public health order clarifying requirements for face masks in schools. This new State order is a little different from what district and school administrators have been communicating to parents over the last several weeks. We apologize for any challenges this causes families and employees. We were simply operating on the best information we had at the time and this new order contains additional requirements.
The new order stipulates the following:
“Every individual on school property, or on a school bus, must wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth without openings that can be seen through, secures under the chin, and fits snugly against the sides of the nose and the face. Face masks must be worn, even when an individual is able to physically distance, except in very limited circumstances.”
“Face shields may only be worn without a face mask when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, including for an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing or while participating in speech therapy.”
We have attached the State Public Health Order which further defines face masks, face shields, and associated exceptions. We would encourage parents and employees to especially review pages two and three of this document.
The main impacts this will have in our schools are the following:
- Every employee (including teachers) will need to remain in a face mask regardless if they can maintain physical distancing.
- Face shields are not a replacement for a face mask except in very specific circumstances such as working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing or students receiving speech therapy, or for students with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities.
- All face masks worn by anyone in a school building must comply with the order. All of the face masks and face shields supplied by the district are in compliance with the requirements.
- We will continue to do our best to accommodate individuals with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face mask.
We appreciate the flexibility and support of our patrons as we adjust to accommodate these State orders. The safety and health of our students and employees is a top priority in our schools.8/14/20 State Public Health Order