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Safe Learning Spaces

Effective Monday, June 27, 2022

District masking protocol changed from “strongly recommended” to “optional.” This modified masking protocol is based on:

  • New masking recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • High vaccination rates among students and staff
  • Availability of boosters for 5-11 year old students and primary series vaccinations for students under age 5
  • Increased access to antiviral treatments for COVID-19 for those who meet age or health-related criteria

Rationale

The previous “strongly recommended” face covering policy does not provide flexibility for any other status than universal masking when additional personal protections may be warranted. An “optional” face covering policy is consistent with the current CDC COVID-19 Community Level recommendation. This also allows health services to “strongly recommend” face coverings based on a change in the CDC COVID-19 Community Level, in the event of an individual’s exposure to COVID-19, or if evidence of spread of COVID-19 is present in a classroom. High quality face coverings (adult and child-sized KN95 masks) have been purchased for this purpose and are available to students and staff upon request while supplies last.

 

ongoing recommendations

The district will continue to monitor the CDC COVID-19 Community Level and adjust its recommendations accordingly. In addition, masking is strongly recommended for those with a known exposure to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.

More about masking protocol

  • Masking on buses and in buildings is optional.
  • Students and staff returning from a shortened (e.g., 5-day) isolation will continue to be expected to wear a mask through day 10. 
  • Before/after school program will follow the masking status of the school where the program is based. 
  • Activities and events after 6 p.m. will follow the “masking optional” protocol. 
  • Students and staff who are not up-to-date on COVID vaccinations, or who are immunocompromised, are highly encouraged to continue to wear masks. 
Safe Learning Spaces

June 20, 2022
School Board Materials

Facilities

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers in building vestibules for use by visitors;
  • Plexiglass barriers at service desks and high traffic areas, such as front desks;
  • All financial transitions will be contactless, meaning payments will be accepted on the Portal Fee payment option only (no cash or checks).

Personal Safety Protocols at School

  • Masking is optional for all people in school, athletic and activities settings (ages 2 years and older), including teachers, staff, coaches, advisors, students, and visitors to schools. Masking is strongly recommended for those ages 2 years and older who have had a known exposure to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Face coverings worn at school are subject to Board Policy 504, Student Dress and Appearance.
  • EPS will provide education on consistent and correct mask use, physical distancing and clustering students when possible, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, and lastly, staying home when staff and students are sick.

Social Distancing at School

  • EPS will ensure as much physical distancing between students and teachers as is feasible during the day.

Parents/Guardians in SchoolS

  • Masks are optional for visitors and volunteers coming into the school. All visitors should be symptom-free, and should maintain physical distance to the degree possible. We encourage visitors to hand wash/sanitize on aerial and to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations to protect the health of students and staff.

COVID-19 Monitoring

  • EPS has protocols in place at all district sites to monitor for illness and manage suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. For more details about protocols, visit the EPS COVID-19 Monitoring page.

 

Two elementary students walking down the hall with masks on.

 


 

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