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District 191 guidelines and expectations for wearing masks in facilities

The following guidelines and expectations for wearing masks, including cloth face coverings, paper masks and non-surgical masks, in District 191 facilities are based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people wear face coverings in public settings when around people outside their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The CDC does not recommend use of face shields (i.e. a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face) for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for face coverings. In certain circumstances, a face shield may be an alternative for people who cannot wear masks due to medical or other conditions. A face shield is an option when articulation, visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception is necessary.  

Considering the health of our students, staff and community, as of Monday, July 20, 2020 and until further notice, the following will be observed at all District 191 sites:

  • Employees are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while working if they are in situations where they cannot maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others or when they are in the presence of others for more than 15 minutes, regardless of physical separation.   

  • Employees are required to wear a mask while working in the presence of members of the public.

  • All visitors to District 191 facilities are required to wear a mask. If needed, the District will provide masks for visitor use. 

  • All renters of District 191 facilities are required to follow District guidelines for space usage and submit a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan which addresses facial mask usage by participants.

Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 11:49