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Mask Wearing at Woodland D50

State of Illinois Executive Order 2021-18 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 85) - Aug. 4, 2021

 

ISBE/IDPH - Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools

 

Woodland District 50 Mask Protocols, Aug. 2021

Background
Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2021-18 requires that all teachers, students, staff, and visitors to any PreK-12 schools in the state who are two years of age or older must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Dr. Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education, subsequently emphasized that the Governor’s Executive Order has the force of law; she underscored, “Non-compliance is not an option.”

Students and visitors must wear a mask indoors at all District 50 facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of your face, and consist of two or more layers of washable/breathable fabric. All athletes, participants and spectators must wear masks at indoor events. All students must wear a mask at all times on school bus transportation. Any student who has a medical contraindication (e.g. difficulty breathing) that prevents him or her from wearing a mask must submit a medical certification from the student's health care provider to the school nurse, in order to be exempt from the mask requirement due to medical or disability reasons. The medical certification must indicate whether the student can wear a face shield in lieu of a mask. Violations of this mask requirement will be addressed in the same manner as other conduct violations, pursuant to Board Policy 7:190 on Student Behavior.

District 50 Procedures

  • For students without masks: Students without masks will not be permitted to attend classes, school events, or move throughout the building. While students who refuse to wear a mask at the directive of a parent/guardian will not be required by school personnel to put one on, such students will, initially, be required to remain in a safe and supervised area (with social distancing) until a parent is contacted and reliable transportation home can be arranged. This procedure will not constitute a disciplinary removal from school and will be logged as an unexcused absence (due to the parent failing to follow the rules in sending their child to school) for attendance purposes. Subsequent violations of the Governor’s masking order will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis intended to achieve masking compliance.

  • For staff without masks: Any District 50 staff member who is non-compliant with this Executive Order will be given the choice of complying with the mask mandate or leaving the building. Staff will not be paid if non-compliant with mask order.

  • For school visitors without masks: Visitors to any District 50 building, including a school, the Educational Services Center, or Transportation office, will be denied entrance without a mask. A mask will be offered to visitors. Any visitor with a medical exemption must provide proof of the medical exemption. Law enforcement may be called, if necessary, to assist with compliance.

 

Community Transmission in Lake County and Mask Wearing at Woodland D50, Aug. 2, 2021
We find ourselves once again facing uncertainty as the COVID-19 numbers begin to rise in Illinois and nationwide. Lake County is experiencing substantial COVID-19 community transmission according to the latest update to the community from the Lake County Health Department. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending universal masking regardless of vaccination status for all individuals in K-12 schools. This guidance has been fully adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

From the beginning of this health crisis, Woodland D50 has prioritized the safety of our staff and students, and all members of our learning community. We have consistently followed the guidance of federal, state and local health agencies to implement layered prevention strategies with the goal of getting students back in the classroom, and even more importantly, keeping students in the classroom.

As a result of the notice of “substantial transmission” in our community and the newly released guidance from the CDC for K-12 schools, Woodland will require all teachers, staff, students and visitors to our schools/buildings to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor masking, along with several other mitigation measures (Shield testing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning procedures, air purifiers) will allow us to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, and keep our students learning in-person, five days a week.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics in our area, and closely follow guidance from health officials. As things improve, we hope to be able to slowly remove layers of prevention. But until then, we ask for your patience as we navigate this evolving crisis. We know that masks have become a polarizing issue in communities across the country and there will be some who support mask wearing, and some who disagree. Despite opposing views, we all want what is best for the members of this learning community, and that starts with doing what it takes to keep our students learning in-person.

Indoor masking requirements go into effect immediately, and we will continue to keep you updated as the start of the school year approaches if anything changes.


2 de agosto de 2021

Transmisión comunitaria en el condado de Lake y uso de máscaras en Woodland D50
Una vez más nos enfrentamos a la incertidumbre a medida que los números de COVID-19 comienzan a aumentar en Illinois y en todo el país. El condado de Lake está experimentando una transmisión comunitaria sustancial de COVID-19 según la última actualización a la comunidad. Además, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) recomiendan el uso universal de máscaras independientemente del estado de vacunación para todas las personas en las escuelas K-12. Esta guía ha sido totalmente adoptada por el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH).

Desde el comienzo de esta crisis de salud, Woodland D50 ha priorizado la seguridad de nuestro personal y estudiantes, y todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad de aprendizaje. Hemos seguido constantemente la guía de las agencias de salud federales, estatales y locales para implementar estrategias de prevención en niveles con el objetivo de que los estudiantes regresen al aula y, lo que es más importante, mantener a los estudiantes en el aula.

Como resultado del aviso de "transmisión sustancial" en nuestra comunidad y la guía recientemente publicada de los CDC para las escuelas K-12, Woodland requerirá que todos los maestros, personal, estudiantes y visitantes de nuestras escuelas / edificios usen máscaras, independientemente del estado de vacunación. El uso de máscaras en interiores, junto con varias otras medidas de mitigación (visores protectores, distanciamiento físico, higiene de manos, procedimientos de limpieza mejorados, purificadores de aire) nos permitirá ayudar a minimizar la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestras escuelas y mantener a nuestros estudiantes aprendiendo en persona. cinco días a la semana.

Continuaremos monitoreando las métricas de COVID-19 en nuestra área y seguiremos de cerca la guía de los funcionarios de salud. A medida que las cosas mejoren, esperamos poder eliminar lentamente los niveles de prevención. Pero hasta ese momento, les pedimos paciencia mientras navegamos esta crisis en evolución. Sabemos que las máscaras
se han convertido en temas de polarización en las comunidades de todo el país y habrá algunos que apoyen el uso de máscaras y otros que no estén de acuerdo. A pesar de los puntos de vista opuestos, todos queremos lo mejor para los miembros de esta comunidad de aprendizaje, y eso comienza con hacer lo que sea necesario para que nuestros estudiantes sigan aprendiendo en persona.

Los requisitos del uso de máscaras en interiores entran en vigencia de inmediato, y continuaremos manteniéndolos actualizados a medida que se acerque el inicio del año escolar si algo cambia.