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Face Coverings

face coverings

On August 2, 2021, OHA adopted a rule requiring face coverings in all K-12 indoor school settings (OAR 333-019-1015). This rule requires all individuals over two years of age to wear a face covering while indoors in a K-12 school, during school hours. Certain accommodations for medical needs or disabilities may be necessary. 

Are face coverings required? Are face coverings required outdoors?

Face coverings are required for all staff, students (5 years and up) and visitors while indoors in all school facilities. Starting September 17, 2021, all students must wear face coverings outside during recess unless an adult can supervise an activity or game that can be accomplished with at least six feet of distance.

Are face coverings provided?

Each building will have face coverings available. Please check with the school office if you are in need of a face covering.

What opportunities for “mask breaks” will students have?

If a student is in need of a mask break, they should communicate this with their teacher. Teachers will manage this on an as-needed basis. There will not be designated mask breaks during class time.

How will wearing face coverings be enforced?

What we noticed during hybrid learning and our summer programs is that our students do a great job of wearing face coverings. When reminders are needed, staff just provide a gentle hand gesture or verbal reminder. We will also provide face coverings for any student who needs one. Students will not be allowed in class if they refuse to wear a face covering and do not have an accommodation.

What accommodations are allowed for a student to not wear a face covering?

Exceptions to face coverings are only made through a 504 plan or an IEP team decision.

How about face coverings on school buses and activity vans?

Required for students and staff as per federal regulations. This is required for students 2 years of age and older.