Mask Wearing in Schools and on Buses
In compliance with CDC guidelines, SCASD will be enforcing mask wearing at all time in schools for all students while inside, with few exceptions.
Masks should be two-ply cotton or medical masks worn over the nose and under the chin, not bandanas or nylon gaiters (two-ply cotton gaiters are acceptable) (mask study from Aug.7 2020). If a student has a mask that is deemed to be unsafe (i.e. if they could theoretically blow out a candle with the mask on), they will be given a 2-ply cotton or medical mask to wear for the day.
No students may board a bus without a mask. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided to them. If the student refuses to wear a mask, they will not be permitted to board the bus and parents/guardians will receive a phone call home stating that transportation was not provided to their student.
Students who have a mask exemption note provided by a healthcare professional will need to submit their note to the building principals. Regardless of the note, the students may still be expected to wear a face shield with additional protection for the health and safety of both teachers and students. Principles will initiate the Mask Exemption form process to determine PPE accommodations. Consequences for a student not complying with the mask protocols will depend upon the student’s grade level. Principals will share this information with families.
The district will continue to follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC regarding mask protocols. At this time, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.