AISD Mask Policy Update
August 19th, 2020 Wednesday
  • Following federal, state and local mandates and guidance from the Center for Disease Control as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the use of non-medical grade face coverings will be required of all students, staff and visitors in all Amarillo ISD facilities and on buses.
    • Students in preK - 12th grade will wear face coverings during arrival and dismissal times, on buses, hallways, common areas, and, including in classrooms to the extent it is developmentally appropriate and when social distancing is not feasible.
    • Masks are required during all student transitions whether outside or inside.
    • Mask are not required:
      • While individuals are actively eating or drinking
      • For outdoor activities (such as recess or PE), masks will not be prescribed if physical distancing can be practiced.  The key for mask removal is for students who are actively engaged in outdoor activities with social distancing in place or outside with enhanced social distancing in place [Enhanced = <12 feet].
      • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non- UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities; however, those students required to wear a face covering should wear them when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities.
      • In the event an individual presents the Amarillo Public Health Mask Exemption Affidavit signed by a medical doctor that excludes them from wearing a mask, they must wear a face shield and practice social distancing at all times while at school.
  • Any individual arriving on campus during the instructional day will be required to wear a face covering in order to gain access to the building(s).
    • School administration or staff will be stationed at entry doors to each campus to remind students to wear face coverings prior to entering the building.
    • In instances where a reusable mask belonging to a student or staff member is lost or forgotten, a disposable mask will be provided for the day.
    • It is important to note masks do NOT preclude social distancing. Face coverings should be worn, and social distancing followed when possible.

  Our goal has always centered on doing what is best for our students and staff. While working directly with our public health officials as we prepare to open schools for in-person instruction, we believe our best COVID defense is to ask everyone to wear a mask.  Mask wearing while practicing good hygiene and social distancing is a path that allows our students back into the classrooms and one which hopefully keeps them there.  Face-coverings help slow the spread of the virus, and very well may be our best option to keep mass quarantine at bay.  Our local public health partners have told us that if all students, in a single classroom, are not masked when a student tests positive for COVID-19, most certainly, all of the students in that classroom will find themselves quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.  However, on the other hand, if everyone is masked, there is a good chance, no one will be quarantined.

We must wear them!

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