As we prepare to open the 20/21 school year, we thought it was important to share the specific policy as it relates to the requirement of wearing of face coverings for staff and students. Take Some time to read the policy. Hopefully it clears up the details in regards to specific questions surrounding what is acceptable. In a nutshell, guidance from all health organizations recommend multi-layer cloth masks. If different guidance is given in the future, the district will adapt the policy. Please note there are the exemptions as laid out in the policy.
When we began this journey, the face covering requirement was a bit broader in regards to “types” of masks but as we’ve progressed, the health professionals have really narrowed down the most effective, recommended barriers and have discouraged use of items like gators or masks with vents (non 95). We appreciate everyone’s cooperation. The district will continue to release information as get it or sense the need to clarify an issue. As stated before, following these guidelines gives us the single best chance to give our students the opportunity for a traditional educational setting.
While the Perry Local School District has reopened its schools to students, the global COVID- 19 pandemic continues. Schools are places where diseases like COVID-19 can quickly spread given the number of students, teachers, and others who often come into close contact with one another. For the safety of our student body and community, all Perry Local School District staff and students in grades Pre-K-12 are required to wear multi-layered cloth face coverings at all times while at school or on school buses, subject to the exceptions at the end of this policy. Face coverings must comply with our Dress Code, and must not contain profanity or other prohibited images or material. Failure by students to comply with this policy may result in discipline under the Student Code of Conduct. Furthermore, outright refusal by
a student to wear a face covering will result in the student being enrolled in the Perry Virtual Learning Academy. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and not everyone infected with the disease shows symptoms. When a student wears a face covering, though, it is more difficult for the student to spread COVID-19 to friends and classmates. And because we don’t always know who has COVID- 19, it is safest for all of us if everyone wears a cloth face covering. We wear face coverings to help protect our friends and classmates in case we are infected but don’t know it. Face coverings are effective only if worn properly.