HFCSD Mask Recommendations:
- Wear a surgical mask or at least 2 layers thick cloth mask
- No gaiters or bandanas as studies have shown them to be ineffective
- No fleece or knitted masks as studies have shown them to be ineffective
- Face shields CANNOT be worn solely, a mask is still required to be worn with a face shield
Proper face-covering procedures:
Application of face covering
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Pinch the mask over your nose to ensure proper fit.
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face, if the mask is too loose, twist the ear loops to ensure tighter fit.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
- Avoid touching the center of the mask.
Removal of Face Covering
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties, avoid touching the center of the mask
- Fold outside corners together
- Place cloth face-covering in the washing machine, dispose of disposable face-covering in the trash.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
- Students, staff, vendors, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings on campus when social distancing is not possible. Students shall wear these face coverings during extracurricular activities, as well as on school buses.
- Students wearing face coverings from home must be school appropriate and shall not interfere with the district’s dress code policy.
Masks provided: If a staff member or student forgets or loses their mask, a disposable one will be provided for the day.
Enforcement: School administration and staff will be stationed at entry points throughout each campus to remind students and staff to wear face coverings prior to entering campus.
Common areas and classrooms: Students and staff must wear face coverings in each area where social distancing is not possible. This includes a classroom if desks are not spaced at least six feet apart when moving about the classroom, as well as the bus, cafeterias, hallways, and other shared spaces. Teachers can work with students to provide designated “mask breaks” during which time students will be socially distanced.
Exemptions: ALL students and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a mask for the health and safety of themselves and others. Students or staff must have a documented medical issue and note from a medical provider for which a face covering would cause impairment and does not require the use of one in school.