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Face Coverings / Masks

  • Students in grades K-12, as well as our 18 to 21 year old young adults in the STAR Program, are required to wear facial coverings while inside any building or enclosed space owned by the building (e.g. press box, locker room, drivers’ education vehicle, etc.)
  • Students and staff are required to wear facial coverings while on buses and all other district-provided means of student and staff transportation.
  • In alignment with the recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, students in Pre-K and classes with specialized populations may not be able to utilize masks/face coverings to the same extent as other classrooms (e.g. students that are unable to remove their mask due to physical disabilities, students whose psychological or emotional conditions would be adversely impacted, etc.). In those instances, employees may choose to wear district-provided face shields in addition to masks/face coverings. 
  • Students are not required to wear a mask when eating or drinking.
  • Students and staff do not have to wear masks during outdoor recess or any time they are outside for school events or activities.
  • Individuals with a documented medical condition who are requesting an exemption from mask wearing must submit medical documentation to the Building Principal and Nurse (students) or the Director of Human Resources (staff).
  • Parents are responsible for providing facial coverings for students. Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth of the student. 
  • Neck fleeces, bandanas, knitted masks, and masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted. These masks are prohibited based on studies showing that they do not adequately reduce vapor droplet spread and in some cases increase the ability of vapor droplets to travel.
  • Student’s names should be written in permanent ink on their face coverings/masks to avoid cross contamination.
  • In accordance with CDC guidance, the use of clear face shields alone is not adequate protection. If clear face shields are used, the individual is still required to wear an approved face covering/mask.
  • Face masks are considered attire and as such, are subject to the terms and conditions of the CSD Code of Student Conduct. 
  • Staff working in an isolated office space may remove their mask when no other individual is present, but must put on a mask if joined by another individual.

SELF SCREENING FOR STUDENTS

The Delaware Department of Education and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health have requested that we provide you information regarding practices related to COVID-19.

We request that students and/or their families complete a health assessment consisting of a self-screening every morning before leaving for school.

Please answer any of the following questions:

  • In the past 14 days, have you been near(within 6 feet for at least 15 minute) a person  who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours., have you had any of the following symptoms
  • Fever of 100. 4 For above ( or symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating)
  • New cough
  • New trouble breathing, shortness of breathe or severe wheezing
  • New chills or shaking with chills
  • New muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, congestion, runny nose (with no other known cause such as allergies}

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, DO NOT send your child to school today. Instead contact your child’s primary health care provider.

(This screening tool was adapted at from the mayo clinic’s online self assessment. To use the Mayo Clinic’s tool online, visit http://mayoclinic.com/covid-19-self-assessment-tool

Additional considerations:

  • Students must stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have COVID-19 or if required by DPH to isolate or quarantine.
  • Keep children who are sick at home; do not send them to school.  Do not send children to school with a fever of 100.4º or greater.
  • Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and running water for 20 seconds.
  • Students in kindergarten through grade 12 must wear face coverings in the school building, except when doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.
  • Teach your children to practice physical and social distancing by staying at least six feet away from people other than your family. 

If you have questions, please contact your school nurse or child’s primary healthcare provider. You can also email your school nurse.  

For information or general questions on COVID-19 and prevention, visit the Delaware Health and Social Services’, Division of Public Health’s website at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/, or you can call 2-1-1 or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for deaf and hard of hearing.