Updated: July 20, 2020 05:40 AM
Created: July 20, 2020 04:12 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We continue to answer your Good Questions about this pandemic and what it means for your family.
Starting this week, we're turning our focus to your questions about the virus and getting back to school. We know there are many so let's start with masks.
Here's the question: Since all kids, teachers, and staff will have to cover their faces at school when they can't social distance, what's allowed?
That's detailed in the state requirements handed down last week.
To maintain the safety of students and staff school districts' plans must include physical/social distancing of six feet. In instances when six feet cannot be maintained proper face coverings must be worn in common areas such as hallways or on school buses. Provide exemptions or alternatives for those medically unable to wear masks.
The rules also describe what kind of masks are allowed:
Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or source control against COVID-19 and should not be used. Responsible Parties and faculty may use alternate PPE (i.e., face coverings that are transparent at or around the mouth) for instruction or interventions that require visualization of the movement of the lips and/or mouths (e.g., speech therapy). These alternate coverings may also be used for certain students (e.g., hearing impaired) who benefit from being able to see more of the face of the faculty or staff member.
A final note about masks, the state says schools can ask kids to bring their own masks, but they can't mandate it. This means they also have to have extra supplies on hand for anyone who needs one and they can't charge you for it.
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