OCTOBER 5 UPDATE: Student Mask Requirements
After reviewing school COVID data and hearing from local medical experts during its public meeting on October 5, the School Board of Alachua County is changing its school masking protocols. The changes will take effect October 19.
The current masking policy will remain in place for students in kindergarten through 8th grade for an additional four weeks beginning October 19. Under that policy, kindergarten students will be ‘educated, encouraged and expected’ to wear masks, but failure to wear a mask will not keep kindergarteners out of school.
Under federal regulations, all students must continue to wear masks while on school buses.
The use of masks has helped bring our COVID case numbers down after the huge surge this fall. Weekly numbers are now about where they were in February, when masks were also required.
We will continue to review case rates and COVID protocols with our medical experts and will update our protocols as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to prevent the spread of COVID in our schools, protect students and staff and keep our schools open for in-person learning.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols: Face Coverings
In accordance with School Board Policy 8450.01, all students are required to wear a mask correctly and consistently when in school buildings. Students with a documented health, sensory, or developmental reason that prevents them from wearing a mask can request an exemption, as described below.
Parents of students in Grades 9 through 12 can sign parent exemption forms on behalf of their children. To request an exemption, please complete this form. The exemption will take effect October 19.
The current masking policy will remain in place for students in kindergarten through 8th grade for an additional four weeks beginning October 19.
All employees, visitors, vendors, and all other adults (except those granted a medical exemption) are required to wear a mask correctly and consistently at our schools and other facilities.
When using Transportation
All passengers and drivers are required to wear face coverings while on school buses or other school transportation. CDC’s Face Mask Order applies to all public transportation, including school buses and other district-operated vehicles.
A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.