This policy pertains to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It has been developed to fulfill the guiding principles contained in the Framework for Connecticut Schools, specifically to safeguard the health and safety of students and staff and to allow all students the opportunity to return into classrooms full time.
The Board is implementing this masking requirement to promote the safest possible learning, teaching and work environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first priority of the Board is the health and well-being of students and staff as the District prepares for and implements the safe reopening of schools.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) and the Connecticut State Department of Education, as outlined in Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together requires the wearing of face coverings for all students and staff when they are inside school buildings and while riding school transportation vehicles, with certain exceptions.
Face covering/mask – a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering without an exhalation valve, that covers the nose and mouth. It may or may not be medical grade. (Evidence shows that the proper wearing of facial masks or coverings helps stop the spread of the virus, which is currently by droplets when an individual coughs, sneezes or talks.)
Face shield – a clear, plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin and wraps around the sides of the face, protecting the eyes, nose and mouth from contamination from respiratory droplets, along with masks or respirators.
Clear plastic barrier – a clear plastic or solid surface that can be cleaned and sanitized often.
Student passengers are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth during transit. The student’s face covering must be in place prior to boarding the bus, van or other vehicles and must be kept in place until they are completely off the bus or van. The Board shall provide back-up masks if students do not have face coverings when boarding a school bus or van at a Gilbert exclusive event. The face mask or cloth face covering is also applicable to the drivers of the vehicle.
The Board may consider the option of assigning a temporary monitor on student transportation at the beginning of the school year to facilitate compliance with this new face mask protocol.