Steps for Success: Facial Coverings
All students and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings. Such facial coverings have been added to the school supply lists. We ask that face coverings adhere to dress code standards and do not include words or images which could be disruptive, scary, or controversial. Patterns are fine. A cloth facial covering is a material that securely covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps. Given current research, gaiters are no longer acceptable at school. Facial coverings should be clean and washed daily. Mask disposal is important. If students have disposable masks they should not be worn more than one day. Please discard old or contaminated masks.
CSS will provide all employees with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face shields, masks, and gloves. PPE will be used to varying degrees, on a case-by-case basis. However, face coverings will be required for all faculty and staff while in shared spaces on campus and will be required of students where developmentally appropriate.
Students and teachers will wear facial coverings. Most critically, we will adhere to wearing facial coverings indoors or when we are not able to socially distance. This act is out of respect for our classmates and teachers. When outdoors or appropriately socially distanced, or when imperative to learning facial coverings may be removed at the discretion of the teacher. Masks must be worn during transitions in hallways and in shared spaces.
Classroom mask breaks. Each classroom teacher will devise mask breaks to ensure that students are spending time free of their face covering. Mask breaks for the class will be spent outside social distancing. Just as restroom breaks are individualized periodically we realize that students may need to have a mask break at the discretion of the teacher.
Preparing Your Student for Mask Wearing
- Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about it.
- Put a cloth face covering on a favorite stuffed animal.
- Decorate your face covering. They are personalized and fun.
- Show your child pictures of other children wearing them.
- Draw one on their favorite book character.
- Practice wearing the face-covering at home to help your child get used to it.
For children under 3: It’s best to answer their questions simply in language they understand. If they ask about why people are wearing cloth face coverings, explain that sometimes people wear them when they are sick, and sometimes people wear them so they don’t get sick.
Last updated: August 21, 2020