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Face Coverings or Masks Highly Recommended for Students in Grades 4-12

Due to an elevated number of possible exposures to COVID 19 recently within our school system. 

I am requesting that students in Grades 4-12 begin wearing masks or face coverings while in school, during situations where social distancing is not available, until December 18, 2020.  These situations can include but are not limited to the following. 

A. Passing in the hallways 

B. Classroom settings where social distancing is difficult to arrange 

C. Classroom situations which require close group work. 

I am asking that students; if they have a covering or mask please use it. If not there are some available for them to use.  If using a cloth mask it should be rotated and washed every day.  

Coverings should be properly worn covering the nose and mouth.  

Coverings would not be necessary in outdoor settings or during a PE class, or in situations that allow social distancing. 

If you and your student choose not wear a covering, the risk  is being quarantined and missing up to two weeks of school. 

This request is limited to  Grades 4-12 at this time but if a parent has a student in K-3 and wishes to have their student wear a mask they are certainly welcome to do so. 

I have also recommended that the staff wear masks anytime they are in close proximity to students. 

I am asking this to help us stay in school through the end of the semester and see what the new year brings for us.

Thank you 

Sincerely, 

Barry Schaeffer, Superintendent/K-6 Principal