Face Covering Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone wear a face covering to help prevent community spread of COVID-19. Face coverings include any material that covers the nose and mouth and prevents respiratory particles from traveling beyond the immediate area of the person wearing the face covering.
Therefore, TASD has mandated that all employees, students, and visitors wear masks or other face coverings while on school property and/or engaged in school activities. Students and staff will be supplied with face coverings on the first day of school. School buildings will be stocked with a limited number of disposable facemasks for emergency situations.
All students from kindergarten through twelfth grade will be required to wear face coverings. Face coverings should fully cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly against the side of the face with no gaps.
All students must wear face coverings when physical distancing of six feet is not possible or not practical (school entry, exit, classroom, hall passing, bathroom). This includes any time a student is on district property, on district-owned transportation, waiting at bus stops, or at all school-sponsored activities. Whether physical distancing is appropriate shall be determined by a teacher, staff member, or school administrator.
Students may remove face coverings while eating meals or snacks. Physical distancing should be maintained as much as practicable.
Students will be given face-covering breaks throughout the day. Students will be spaced at least six feet apart during face-covering breaks.
Exceptions to face-covering requirements will be made for those who cannot wear a face covering due to medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors. Requests for face-covering exceptions must be approved by the students’ principals and accompanied by appropriate medical documentation.
Students (or parents) who seek to be exempt from wearing face coverings for other than a health or developmental condition will be offered online learning for the period that face coverings are required in school buildings.
All staff (certified and classified) will be required to wear face coverings. Face coverings should fully cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly against the side of the face with no gaps.
All staff (certified and classified) must wear face coverings when physical distancing of six feet is not possible or not practical (school entry, exit, classroom, hall passing, workrooms, and bathrooms). This includes any time a staff member is on district property, on district-owned transportation, or at all school-sponsored activities.
Staff may remove face coverings while eating meals or snacks; however, physical distancing must be maintained.
Staff and presenters may remove face coverings while teaching if 12 feet distancing is maintained.
When TASD determines face shields or clear masks are necessary for instructional purposes (e.g., English learners, early childhood, foreign language, etc.), shields or clear masks will be provided by the District.
Employees who have underlying medical conditions that impact their ability to wear face coverings should contact their campus principals/supervisors to request accommodations. Medical documentation will be required for a reasonable accommodation that would exempt an employee from wearing a face covering to be granted.
Visitors to district buildings will be limited to essential business only. Visitors must wear face coverings – masks will be provided, if necessary. Visitors will be asked to leave district property if they refuse to wear face coverings.
The District will not tolerate harassment of students who are wearing face coverings or those with recognized exemptions to the face covering requirement and will appropriately discipline students or staff who harass or bully students with exemptions or engage in behavior that interferes with any student or staff member’s ability to comply with this policy. Failure or refusal to wear a face covering by a staff member or student will result in discipline in accordance with other district policies, handbooks, and/or codes of conduct, as applicable. In addition, students who fail or refuse to wear face coverings may be assigned by the superintendent to online learning. If a student who is required to wear a face covering does not have one, he or she will be provided an acceptable face covering by a staff member.
These guidelines are intended to be effective until further notice and to align with all pre-existing district policies, including but not limited to student and staff dress codes.