• Face Covering Protocol for Students, Staff, & Visitors 2020-2021 School Year

    On July 1, 2020, the PA Secretary of Health issued an Order requiring all individuals to wear a face covering when they leave their homes. This Order applies to any individual aged two and older whenever outside the home, including while in school entities, including public K-12 schools, PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Programs, and Preschool Early Intervention programs.

    When worn properly a face covering helps reduce the spread of the coronavirus by reducing droplet
    transmission between people. As a reminder, face coverings do not replace the need for maintain social
    distancing, frequent hand washing, and our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines.

    On August 17, 2020, the Department of Health provided further guidance:

    Students are required to wear face coverings at all times while in school, even when six feet of social
    distancing can be achieved. There are limited exceptions.

    • Schools should provide face covering breaks throughout the day. Face covering breaks may occur
      when students are at least 6 feet apart but must be 10 minutes or less in duration. Schools may allow
      students to remove face coverings when students are:
    • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart;
    • Engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (e.g., face covering breaks, recess, etc.) for 10
      minutes or less; or
    • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or
      execute a task.
    • Transparent face coverings provide the opportunity for more visual cues and should be
      especially considered as an alternative for younger students, students who are deaf and hard
      of hearing, and their teacher.

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