Face Coverings

All staff, students, volunteers and guests must wear face coverings at school.  The face coverings must fully cover the mouth and nose at all times other than when eating or drinking.

  • Students and staff will provide a cloth face covering from home. Face coverings must follow the Northshore School District dress code for staff and students. 
  • Enforcement of staff and students face covering compliance is the responsibility of the building COVID-19 Supervisor. 
  • Wash your hands before and after you put on, take off, or adjust your face covering.  
  • Face coverings should not be worn by: 
    • Those with a disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering.  
    • Those with certain respiratory conditions or trouble breathing. 
    • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication. 
    • Those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to that person. 

For employees or students who cannot or should not wear masks consistent with Department of Health exemption criteria, the employer must provide additional safeguards to address the additional risk, such as:  

  • The employee providing the service remotely or students receiving the service(s) remotely,  
  • The use of face shields and other protective equipment combined with additional measures that limit the risk that individuals will not come into contact closer than 6 feet, or  
  • Implementing other specific procedures and/or accommodations that mitigate the added COVID-19 risks due to the lack of a cloth face covering.

 

Face Coverings for Students

The District will provide varying sizes of face coverings for students in the event their face covering from home is forgotten, soiled, lost or damaged.

Face shields or other alternatives will be provided to students who are unable to wear a mask because the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate or because the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication. Other alternatives to cloth face coverings will be determined on a case by case basis at each building in consultation with the building COVID-19 supervisor.

Younger students must be supervised when wearing a cloth face covering or face shield and will need help putting them on, taking them off, and getting used to wearing them.

Students may remove cloth face coverings to eat and drink and when they go outdoors for recess, physical education, or other activities. 

 

Face Coverings for Staff

Face coverings must be worn by every individual not working alone at the location unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety and health rules and guidance. 
 
When wearing a face covering reduces the effectiveness of teaching (for example, during speech therapy, demonstrating enunciation, or language instruction), the educator may remove the face coverings for the period of time that the covering interferes with instruction.  Physical distancing of at least six feet must be strictly maintained during the time. 
 
Face shields or protective eyewear will be made available to all staff who regularly interact with students less than six feet away (i.e. FSA staff, Pre-K), staff conducting health screenings and temperature checks, staff in high-risk categories (as defined by the  governor) who choose to be on campus when remote learning is an option.