The Volusia County school board approved a mask policy which requires face coverings if social distancing is not possible. You can read the policy here. We want to make sure it’s very clear that anyone entering a campus is required to wear a face covering, even visitors to the main office.
At schools, these face coverings are required during transitions to and from school and in the hallways. As for social distancing, the CDC guidelines suggest 6 feet. In most classrooms, having students 6 feet apart at all times is not possible. This means that it will be a vary rare instance when students will not have to wear their face coverings at all times inside the building.
Of course, there are exceptions. A face covering shall not be required for persons who present school officials with a certification from a health care provider that the person has a medical, physical, or psychological contraindication that prevents the person from being able to safely wear a face covering. That documentation must be provided to the office before you will be allowed on campus without a mask. The expectation is that you will remain 6 feet away from other students at all times if you have a documented medical exemption. Teachers will seat a student with a medical exemption further away from other students in the room.
It’s against board policy to take off your face covering when you are around others, even if they say they are ok with it. The school board has established the following consequences for failure to wear a mask:
- First Offense – Warning, provide mask, contact parent. If student refuses to wear mask, parent must pick up student.
- Second Offense – Provide mask and contact parent.
- Refusal and second offense - Send student home/Volusia Live for 5 days. Reentry meeting required upon return.
- Third Offense – Enroll student in Volusia Live where masks are not required.