Mask Information

Recently the St. Charles County Department of Public Health has given us new guidance on masks, along with the new Modified Quarantine protocol. Face masks are an important part of reducing the spread of COVID-19, which means wearing the correct type of face mask is more important than ever.
As you know, a portion of the decision regarding Modified Quarantine is based on the requirement that all parties involved in a contact tracing are appropriately masked.  The health department and CDC have defined “appropriately masked” as those wearing a mask that:
--has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
--completely covers your nose and mouth
--fits snugly against the sides of your face without gaps
This includes gaiters with two layers or gaiters that are folded to be double fabric.
The health department has further emphasized that, in a contact tracing situation where someone is wearing a mask with a valve (which allows virus particles to escape), a mask made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe (such as vinyl) or a single layer gaiter, contacts will do a traditional 14-day quarantine at home, without exception to attend school. There are special considerations for face shields by themselves. Please see the link below to the CDC website regarding further information on mask types, usage and care.
Our students and staff have been committed to slowing the spread by wearing masks in our schools and abiding by other public health protocols health officials have given to the district. We appreciate your support as we continue to follow the health department’s direction.
Resources for parents on when students K - 12 are expected to wear masks, and which masks are most effective, including an article on a recent Duke University study
Also, see the CDC info on masks, wearing them effectively and washing them.