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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BRIEFS: Need-to-know info on face coverings and physical distancing
As we approach the first day of school on Wednesday, August 18, we will share brief daily messages providing more details on the District's 2021-2022 In-Person Reopening Plan.
- Masking will be required of all students, staff and visitors while indoors and/or on buses, regardless of vaccination status.
- Students should bring their own cloth face covering each day; however, a single-use face covering will be distributed to any student requiring one.
- Students will not be required to wear masks during outdoor recess if physical distance is maintained.
- Schools will also implement breaks throughout the day where masks can be removed.
- Students and staff seeking masking exemptions must present a verifiable physician's order specifically identifying the medical reason for the exclusion. Those with medical exemptions will be encouraged to wear face shields as they are able.
- Schools will seek the assistance and work with students who refuse to wear face coverings without a valid and verifiable medical excuse; however, repeated and deliberate failures to wear a face covering will result in disciplinary action.
- Staff will actively and in a supportive manner instruct students in certain special programs such as Life Skills in the importance of wearing a face covering; however, some may not be successful in keeping a face covering on at all times.
- Visitors will not be admitted to any school building without a face covering. Those who are unable or do not wish to wear face coverings will be invited to attend conferences and meetings regarding their child’s education via video conference or phone.
- Classrooms, intervention spaces, offices, and buses will continue to be configured to provide for appropriate physical distancing (no less than 3 feet) to the greatest extent possible.
- To accommodate all students, physical distancing guidelines may not be able to be met at certain times in certain areas. These locations may include but are not limited to such areas as buses, cafeterias, middle school labs, and pre-kindergarten and primary grade-level classrooms that use tables instead of single-student desks.
- Whenever possible, students will not be seated facing each other, but physically distanced interaction with peers in the learning environment will be supported.
- To simplify cleaning and provide as much space as possible for physical distancing, classroom furnishings other than student desks and teacher work stations will be kept to the minimum necessary to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. Classrooms that have the space may use oval tables and/or area rugs for physically distanced small-group instruction.
- Social distance signage and floor markings will be displayed throughout each school building, including classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms.
- Schools will designate multiple student entry and exit points to provide for adequate physical distancing and to minimize “bottlenecks” of students. Where possible, schools will implement one-way hallways and dedicated up or down staircases.
- At busier times of the day, hallways and entry and exit points will be monitored to make certain physical distancing is maintained to the greatest extent possible.