(updated Nov. 24, 2020)
All Upper St. Clair School District students, staff and visitors are required to comply with Governor Wolf’s universal face covering order on school property. Under the current state order, all individuals over age 2 must wear a mask at all times indoors and outdoors when they are unable to maintain social distance of six feet or more.
Staff unable to wear a mask due to a medical exemption under the Americans with Disabilities Act will be provided face-shields in place of cloth masks. Face-shields must conform to the following guidelines, “plastic face-shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece.”
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health:
What type of mask complies with this Order?
The Order requires individuals to wear a "face covering." "Face covering" means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk or linen. A "face covering" may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household itemsOpens In A New Window, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care settings.
Some families have asked for suggestions regarding specific face coverings for their children. Below please find information from the CDC that provide further details about face masks.
Based on research of effectiveness of various types of face coverings, the CDC suggests the following:
- Single-use or reusable cloth face mask that properly fits the face from the top of the nose and secured under the chin, secured by either ear loops or ties around the head.
- The mask should fit snugly against the sides of the face.
- The mask should be easy to breathe in.
All students must wear a face covering in school buildings and on all school buses unless the student has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA.
If your child has such a condition, the district will engage in a planning process with you and your child to determine if other satisfactory safety measures or accommodations can be implemented in the school environment. To initiate this process, please complete the USCSD Mask Exemption Form and submit it to your child’s school nurse. School nurse contact information is linked below.
The district health office staff will continue to provide education to students about proper mask wearing and mask hygiene practices. To support student mask wearing and mask hygiene, we recommend the following:
- Students should have an extra mask with them at all times in the event that a mask becomes lost, soiled, wet, or damaged.
- Students should bring a form of mask storage to use during mask breaks and meals. For example, a paper bag, a hard-sided breathable container such as a pencil case or food storage container, or a pouch/bag designated for mask storage.
- If possible, students should keep a personal hand sanitizer on their person to use before and after mask removal / application. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available in the schools.