Face Coverings

During the July 14, 2020 IUSD Board of Education Meeting, the Board voted to require face coverings on IUSD campuses and in classrooms for all staff, students and visitors. Persons with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering are exempt per state guidelines.  Requests for an exemption should be directed to site administration. Medical documentation may be required.

Below is more information about IUSD’s policy, which is aligned to the California Department of Public Health guidelines.  Please carefully read the following information.  See also guidelines for Orange County Schools for more information.  

Implementation

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health's guidance for face coverings, students, staff and visitors must wear face coverings when on IUSD campuses, unless they are exempt per state guidelines.  This includes while in the classroom, waiting to enter campus, on school grounds, when leaving school and riding the bus.
 

Guidelines for Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Orange County Health Care Agency have provided updated guidance for acceptable face coverings that may be worn in schools.  Click here for CDPH guidelines for face coverings.

Disposable Face MasksMust cover the nose and mouth.  They may be secured to the head with ties or straps that loop around the ears. 

Cloth Face Coverings – Specifically, the California Department of Public Health states that a cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps that loop around the ears or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

Cloth face coverings should no longer be used when they do not cover the nose and mouth, have stretched out or damaged ties or straps, cannot stay on the face and have holes or tears in the fabric. For more information about the proper use, removal and washing of cloth face coverings, click here

Face Shields – At this time, the CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for cloth face coverings. However, in very narrow circumstances, a face shield can be used.

Face Shield Exceptions

  • Teachers and Instructional Staff - Per the California Department of Public Health guidelines, a clear face covering or a face shield can be used instead of a cloth face covering while in the classroom as long as the teacher or other instructional staff maintains physical distance from others.
     
  • ECLC and TK-2nd Grade Students - Per California Department of Public Health guidelines, TK-2nd grade students may have difficulty wearing masks.  Therefore, in accordance with state guidelines and to support the needs of our youngest students, ECLC and TK-2nd grade students may wear face shields if they are unable to wear a mask. 
     
  • Hearing Impaired - Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, may wear face shields.  
     
  • Those Exempt from Wearing Masks  - Those who are exempt per state guidelines, may use face shields.  

Click here to read more about CDC guidance for face shields. 
 

Recess, Lunch, and Physical Outdoor Activity 

Students are expected to always wear their face coverings but may remove them under the following circumstances:

  • Meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when the face covering needs to be replaced.
  • When students are outdoors and can maintain 6 feet of distance from others, including any outdoor classroom or educational activity.
  • When participating in outdoor physical activity while maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others.
Access to Face Coverings for Students and Staff

IUSD has procured enough face coverings to support free access for all students and staff to ensure anyone who needs one will have access while on our campuses or visiting our sites.  Students and staff will be provided  reusable cloth face masks and are expected to wear them daily or to augment personal face coverings will be allowed in compliance the California Department of Public Health guidelines and the District's dress code policy. 

Teachers and identified staff members will also receive a reusable face shield as an added layer of protection that should be used in compliance with updated CDC and state face covering guidelines.
 

Exemptions

Per the California Department of Public Health guidelines, the following individuals are exempt from wearing masks:

  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering are exempt. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.  See CDC guidance for face shield in this instance
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.