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Mask Guidelines for DES

Face coverings are an important part of our protection against the spread of COVID-19, as well as, personal hygiene, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning efforts.

o Masks are mandated for all VPSB employees at all times while on campus, including instructional delivery.

o Students in grades 3 and above will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the bus and on campus.

o Face coverings are required for everyone 3rd grade and above except for the following:

Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering

Anyone who is consuming a drink or food

Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is deaf and/or hard of hearing

Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience

If not wearing a mask during instructional delivery, teachers must maintain a minimum 6 foot distance, wear a face shield, and teach from a stationary location.

o Masks are strongly recommended for children ages 2 to 7 (Early Childhood – 2nd grade)

Vulnerable Individuals:

o VPSB employees who are considered at-risk, as outlined by the CDC recommendations, may be

exempt from the mask requirement upon presentation of a doctor’s excuse to their Principal and VPSB Risk Manager.

o Students who are considered at-risk, as outlined by the CDC recommendations, may be exempt

from the mask requirement upon presentation of a doctor’s excuse to their Principal.

**Social distancing should still be practiced to the maximum extent possible even with the use of face

covering/mask.

Allowable Face Coverings For Students:

Cloth, disposable or clear window masks and neck gaiter are allowed. Face shields in conjunction with masks are allowable. Bandanas are not allowed.

Face coverings shall be solid in color and shall contain no pictures, writings, or messages of any kind. Notwithstanding this requirement, face coverings that contain references to the school system (i.e., name or insignia) or individual schools within the system (i.e., name or mascot), which are approved by Principals may be worn.    

***Solid colored mask  or a mask that says “Bobcats”, “DES Bobcats”, or “DES/Dozier”.  Logos that will be approved are bobcat paws, the oval E, and a bobcat face.  Ms. Ford highly recommends that parents email her a picture of what they wish to purchase, so she can approve it before parents buy it.   Email andrea.ford@vpsb.net.
Put “Mask Approval” in the subject area of the email if possible.

Proper Wear:

Face coverings should be worn as to cover both nose and mouth.

Guidelines for Non-Compliance (Refusal):

1st offense – Verbal Warning

2nd offense – Parent Conference

3rd offense – Detention

4th offense - Students who continue to refuse to wear a face covering as outlined in the VPSB face-covering policy will be required to enroll in Virtual Vermilion.

This face-covering policy is mandatory for grades 3rd – 12th.