District Mask Policy

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The Milford Public School District is committed to providing a safe environment as schools reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy will be in effect during the 2020-2021 school year and will expire at the conclusion of the school year.  According to public health experts, one of the best methods to stop the spread of coronavirus and to keep members of our school community safe is the use of face masks.  In accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the following requirements are in place until further notice:

All persons older than 5 years are required to wear proper face masks at all times:

  • while on Milford Public School property and in all Milford Public School buildings
  • while participating in Milford Public School activities and events
  • while traveling in any form of transportation provided by the Milford Public Schools 

Masks must:

  • reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
  • fit snugly against the sides of the face
  • be made of at least two layers of non-porous fabric or material (for disposable masks)

Masks cannot:

  • have vents
  • be just 1 layer of fabric

Exceptions to this policy are:

  • during meals/snacks or mask breaks
  • with an approved mask exemption in writing from the Superintendent's office

Mask breaks will be provided to all students and will allow students or faculty to take their masks off while maintaining 6 feet of distance from others, ideally outdoors.

Procedures addressing non-compliance with this policy will be developed at each school and approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

Families will provide at least two masks per day for each child.  Disposable face masks are available at school for students who need them. Reusable masks should be washed at home daily.


Acceptable example of masks are:

  • Disposable 2-ply masks
  • Fabric masks with at least 2 layers that when held up to light cannot be seen through
  • Face shield only when accompanied with a mask that meets district expectations

Unacceptable example of masks or face coverings:

  • Face shield with no mask
  • Single ply mask, such as neck gaiters
  • Masks with vents
  • Handkerchiefs

 

Procedure to Request a Mask Exemption

It may not be appropriate for some students to wear masks, such as students with disabilities or medical conditions. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis. The following procedures will be taken before honoring a mask exemption:

  1. The parent/guardian obtains a letter from the child’s primary care physician or health care provider that clearly specifies the chronic, significant medical reason for the exemption request.
  2. The parent/guardian sends documentation to the child’s school nurse.  
  3. The school nurse will review the documentation and contact the family to discuss the request before forwarding the request to the Director of Nursing.
  4. The Director of Nursing will review the documentation and make a determination as to whether the exemption is warranted. 
  5. The Superintendent or designee will review all mask exemption requests and make the final determination.


References:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html