All faculty and staff will wear face masks at all times during the school day, except for lunch. All students in grades 3 through 8 will wear a face mask throughout the day, but will be permitted to be removed for lunch. Face shields will not be permitted except for individuals who have specific medical conditions; a supporting note from the student’s pediatrician must be provided to the School Office prior to the student being permitted to participate in on-campus learning. All students in grades Pre-K through 2 will wear a face mask or face shield in all common areas of the building, during all transitions into, out of, or through the building, and during all specials that are not taking place in homeroom. Families are asked to purchase at least two reusable face masks for each student, with the expectation that masks will be washed after every school day. Students using disposable masks should discard them at the end of the school day. All masks must be Catholic school appropriate.
**Our Task Force and Staff would like to update you on a policy change. Beginning November 18, our students will be wearing their masks during recess. We feel with the current surge in cases in the greater community, and the proven efficacy of mask, it is prudent to maintain wearing masks during recess.
- All K-8 students are required to wear masks during the school day.
- Every child needs to have at least 2 masks each day at school, clearly labeled with their name.
- Our PreS and PreK students are strongly encouraged to wear masks during the day and will be required to wear them in the hallways, during bathroom breaks, and during their Specials time (all day PreK).
- We have recently learned that while gaiters are face coverings, they are not considered very effective. A test for an effective mask is while wearing a mask, you are unable to blow out a match or candle.
- At this time, gaiters are still permitted, but only if the area around the face and mouth is reinforced with other material to pass the mask effectiveness test.
- We have lanyards available for our students that will be marked with their name, so that when masks are taken off, they are not misplaced, picked up by another student, or dropped on the floor.
If you would like your child to store their mask in a different method, such as a labeled bag or plastic container with a lid, that is fine too. We just ask if you do not wish your child to utilize the lanyard, that you notify your child’s teacher/s and that you practice and your child is confident in whatever system you devise.
(Updated November 18, 2020)