- PreK Students: Masks on buses, in hallways, but not while seated in the classroom.
- K-5: Masks on buses and while inside the building. Classroom mask breaks take place when practical, while eating, and when outside with 6’ physical distancing.
- 6-12: Masks on buses and while inside buildings. Mask breaks while eating and while outside practicing 6’physical distancing.
- The use of outdoor spaces for teaching and learning is also being encouraged where masks would not be required at 6’ physical distancing.
- Masks will be provided for students who may forget their mask from home.
Wear Your Mask Correctly (CDC)
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
- CDC does not recommend the use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
Reinforcing the Use of Masks
Reinforcing the use of face masks with students and staff is about education and modeling. Reminding students about the importance of wearing a face mask can be done through positive reinforcement, and discussing the “why.”
- Together teachers, parents, and students are helping to create a safe environment for everyone.
- We are taking precautions while scientists all over the world are working toward treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19.
- If people wear a mask, the risk of getting COVID-19 is less.
- Younger students - Since we have to wear masks, what can we do to make it fun! What else can we do that is fun to keep everyone safe and healthy while we are at school?
- Younger students - Masks are like seatbelts and bike helmets, they help keep us safe. Make posters for school.
- Older students - be creative about leading projects that can help keep everyone safe, help others in our community, create virtual pep talks for younger students, write about COVID-19, create art that expresses feelings.
Communal, Meeting and Public Spaces
- The frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all public spaces has increased. There is an emphasis on high-traffic areas and key touchpoints, such as front offices, elevator landings, meeting rooms, restrooms, door handles, stair handrails, trash bins, fitness equipment, dining surfaces and seating areas. Furniture is arranged to allow for physical distancing.