Masks

  • When students will have opportunities to remove their masks?

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    Teachers are encouraged to take time throughout the day to have a limited number of students take a mask break in the classroom while socially distanced at their desks. For example, during independent reading or writing, some students may be allowed to take their mask off for approximately 10 minutes. Snack break and lunchtime are also mask break times.

    Each building has also been working to have a mask break area during recess. We are also taking students outside more frequently for classes, as weather permits.

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  • What is an acceptable face covering?

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    We are strongly recommending that cloth masks or disposable masks are worn as face coverings. Face shields are acceptable if necessary. We highly recommend that gaiters not be utilized as a face covering.

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  • Will parents be notified if their child is in a class with a student that has a mask exemption?

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    We will not notify families if a student is exempt from wearing a mask in their child’s class. In our four elementary schools, there are less than 10 students that currently have mask exemptions.

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  • How is it determined whether or not a student is exempt from wearing a mask?

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    The District is utilizing two pieces of regulatory guidance for mask exemptions. The first is Dr. Levine’s Universal Face Covering Order, the second is a piece of guidance from the PA Department of Education. Together, they identify and define five exemptions for mask-wearing. The primary three that we are seeing in the school system are as follows:

    • Individuals that have a health condition or disability
    • Individuals who are hearing impaired or require any movement of the mouth to assist with communication
    • Individuals who are unable to independently remove the mask themselves

    Any family that submitted a request to exclude their student from wearing a mask has been contacted by their school’s nurse to review the process for seeking a mask exemption. We have a physician’s documentation form that is being shared with families after they’ve been in contact with the school nurse. On that form, the physician will provide us with evidence in support of those three categories.

     

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  • Will masks be provided for staff?

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    Staff is expected to provide their own masks, but masks will be available at school for those who need one.

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  • What are the exemptions for mask wearing?

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    The Universal Face Covering Order, issued by the PA Secretary of Health, defines five exemptions for mask wearing.

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  • What kind of mask is required?

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    The mask is defined in the Universal Face Covering Order, issued by the PA Secretary of Health: “Face covering means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with straps, ties, or loops, over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. It can be made from a variety of synthetic or natural fibers, including cotton, silk, or linen.” As defined in the order, a face covering includes a plastic shield that covers the nose and mouth.

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  • Will visitors be required to wear masks?

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    All visitors will be required to wear a mask.

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  • Will teachers and staff members be wearing masks while they work in our schools?

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    Yes. All staff will be required to wear a mask. Teachers will not wear a mask while facilitating online learning, as they will be alone in the classroom or teaching area. Office staff will be required to wear a mask at all times.

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