Face Covering/Masks

A Face Mask/Covering must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. The school district must comply with Executive Order 20-81, Executive Order 20-82, and applicable face mask/covering requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education.

 

The following are included in the definition of face mask/covering:

 

  1. Paper or disposable mask;

  2. Cloth face mask;

  3. Scarf;

  4. Neck gaiter;

  5. Bandana;

  6. Religious face covering; 

  7. Medical-grade masks and respirators

 

Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.

Individuals who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a medical condition or disability-related condition may be permitted to utilize alternative options such as a face shield or other reasonable accommodation.

 

The school district will provide face coverings and/or face shields to employees and students. Employees and students may choose to wear their own face covering as long as it covers the nose and mouth. To the extent practicable, the school district will maintain an extra supply of face coverings for people who forget to bring their face covering.

 

Exceptions and Alternatives to Face Mask/Coverings

 

Students with Medical Conditions

For a student with a medical condition or disability, the student’s education team (i.e., IEP team, Section 504 team, health plan team) will determine whether the student qualifies for reasonable accommodation and the accommodation to be provided. As a condition to granting a reasonable accommodation, the school district may require an individual to provide a physician’s note and/or other relevant information or with respect to the condition or circumstance. Requests for reasonable accommodations from the face-covering requirement shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable federal and state law.

 

Face coverings should not be placed on anyone under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition.

 

Parent/Guardian/Community Member 

Individuals who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a medical condition or disability-related condition may be permitted to utilize alternative options such as a face shield or other reasonable accommodation. The administrator or school nurse shall have the discretion to determine whether a parent or community member qualifies for reasonable accommodation, and the accommodation to be provided.

 

Temporary Removal of Face Covering

 

A face shield may be used as an alternative to a face covering in the following situations:

 

  1. A student in grades kindergarten through eighth grade may wear a face shield when wearing a face covering is problematic.
     

  2. A teacher of any grade level may wear a face shield when wearing a face-covering may impede the educational process.
     

  3. Staff, students, or visitors who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition may wear a face shield instead of a face covering.
     

  4. Staff providing direct support student services may wear a face shield instead of a face covering when a face covering would impede the service being provided.

Staff, students, and other people present in school buildings or district offices may temporarily remove their face covering or face shield in the following situations: 

 

  1. When engaging in classes or activities conducted outdoors, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
     
  2. When engaging in indoor physical activity where the level of exertion makes wearing a face-covering difficult, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
     
  3. During activities, such as showering, where the face-covering will get wet;
     

  4. While receiving a service, including nursing, medical, or personal care services, that cannot be performed or is challenging to perform when the individual receiving the service is wearing a face-covering;
     

  5. Pre-kindergarten students age 5 years and younger participating in programming in a school building or district office;
     

  6. When the wearer needs to remove their face covering to eat or drink, though care should be taken to maintain as much space as possible between people while doing so;
     

  7. During indoor practices or performances involving singing, acting, public speaking, or playing musical instruments where a face covering cannot be used while playing the instrument, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
     

  8. When required by school staff for the purposes of identification;
     

  9. Staff working alone in their offices, classrooms, vehicles, or job locations that have no person-to-person interaction;
     

  10. Staff working in communal spaces that have barriers such as Plexiglas or cubicle walls between employees that are above face level; or
     

  11. When communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with a face-covering difficult, social distancing is maintained to the extent possible.

District Office

120 South Hawthorn Street

Royalton, MN 56373

Early Childhood Center

120 South Hawthorn Street

Royalton, MN 56373

Elementary School

119 North Driftwood Street

Royalton, MN 56373

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