St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

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School Policy For Face Coverings

Cloth face covering are important to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The guidelines for face coverings have changed. The CDC does not currently recommend use of gaiters, bandanas or face shields as a substitute for masks, therefore, face shields may not be worn by students without a mask at school without written approval from a medical doctor. A student is exempt if they have a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Any signed medical note must certify the child meets the exemption criteria (severe Asthma or other breathing difficulties, developmental disabilities) to wear a face shield instead of a mask. Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDC guidelines CLICK HERE. Face coverings are required for student in 3rd – 8th and strongly encouraged for students in preschool – 2nd.  

The school’s policy regarding acceptable face covering is as follows: it has two or more layers of washable breathable fabric, completely covers the nose and mouth, fits snugly against the side of your face and does not have gaps, and does not include any messaging. Let’s have some fun with face coverings - choose solid or blend of colors. Face coverings are not required during PE, recess, or lunch as long as social distancing practices are in place. Parents should ensure that your child is aware of the correct way to wear and care for a face covering. Parents are required to wear face coverings in the school office or building and strongly encouraged to wear masks while on school grounds.

Mask Requirement for Parents/Guardians

We appreciate parent support to promote the health and safety of our students and staff. In order to enhance the COVID-19 protocols in place, we are requiring all parents and guardians to wear a mask when walking your student(s) to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon. The majority of parents are already wearing masks at these times. However, 100% compliance is our goal.  Wearing a mask is one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation!