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An Important Update About Face Coverings for 2020-21

An Important Update About Face Coverings for 2020-21

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During today’s School Board work session board members gave preliminary approval to the following requirements about face coverings. This language is expected to be added to the Code of Student Conduct for the 2020-21 school year:

Face Covering – GRADES K-12 (During any times when the wearing of a face covering is required by the District)

Students must wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of a person’s face with little or no gaps at all times to ensure their own safety and the safety of other students and staff. Students must wear the face covering at all times when on school grounds or district-provided transportation, unless the student is involved in an approved activity when a face covering would not be appropriate. All face coverings must comply with general dress code and school uniform requirements.

Again, please note that face coverings will be required for all students in grades K-12 who will be attending classes on PCPS campuses this year. Students may wear a face shield in addition to a face covering if they choose. We understand this will be a learning process for many students — particularly those in kindergarten and first grade — and our school employees will help students adjust to this new safety measure.

At this time, we are still recommending but not requiring face coverings for pre-K students. PCPS will also grant exemptions to students with medical waivers and other issues that would prevent them from wearing face coverings while on campus.

UPDATE: The above reference to dress code and uniform requirements means that face coverings cannot have inappropriate images or messages (drugs, violence, profanity, etc.). There are no restrictions on patterns or colors.

Video from today’s School Board work session. Skip to 4:34:55 to view the discussion about face coverings.