Wearing Masks and PPE in Schools
Wearing a non-medical mask is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. However, it is an additional measure you should take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms.
Non-medical mask use in K-12
Students in K-12 are required to wear masks on the school bus. Masks are also mandatory for bus drivers when they are not seated, facing forward and driving the bus.
Students in K-6 may wear a non-medical mask inside school facilities when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Students in Grades 7-12 are required to wear masks during transitions between classes and emergency procedures, such as fire drills.
Otherwise, Students in Grades 7-12 are strongly recommended to wear non-medical masks at school when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Physical distancing may be difficult in the following settings:
- washroom visits;
- resource programming;
- essential collaborative learning ; and
- essential mixing of cohorts.
Masks will be available for any student or staff member who need one.
Masks are required for staff teaching Grades 7-12 during transitions between classes and emergency procedures, such as fire drills.
Otherwise, staff for all grades are strongly recommended to wear non-medical masks at school when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Staff members will be provided with masks or an allowance to purchase their own personal, non-medical masks.
Staff, including EAs and SAs, who work with medically complex children are strongly recommended to wear shields and gloves as personal protective equipment (PPE).
Consultants providing direct service where physical distancing is difficult (APSEA, SLP, HEAR, Psychologists) are also strongly recommended to wear shields.
Masks will be required for any visitor to the school during transitions and emergency procedures.