Dear RSU5 families,
I have received several emails seeking clarification around face coverings. This communication will hopefully help to clarify and assist families in understanding the need for certain criteria to be met in regard to masks.
All children and staff will be required to wear a face covering throughout the school day. There are different styles of face coverings and you may need to try a few before finding one that will work for your child. Face masks need to be double layered, cover the nose and mouth, and must be secured with ties or loop around the ears. This means that the mask must be tied behind the head/neck or looped with a tie around the ears. The mask must be in compliance with the US CDC guidance:
fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
completely covers the nose and mouth
is secured with ties or ear loops
includes multiple layers of fabric
allows for breathing without restriction
can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Children should bring an extra face covering to school in their backpacks. We will have masks on hand in case your child does not have one, and also face shields are available, pending a doctor’s letter stating the reasons a student cannot wear a mask.
As you are aware, the requirements may change based on research studies. If the CDC guidance changes, this requirement will be revisited.
If you have questions about whether a particular face covering is appropriate for school, please contact your child’s school nurse:
Abigail Leavitt, Pownal Elementary School Nurse
Kim Gormely, Durham Community School Nurse
Brooke Rich, Morse Street School Nurse
Shannon Sampson, Morse Street School Nurse
Erika Skiff, Mast Landing School Nurse
Emily Guyer, Freeport High School Nurse
Angela Sclar, Freeport Middle School Nurse
Maureen Erskine, Freeport Middle School Nurse
We need your help. We cannot do this alone. We know that masks save lives! Please do everything you can to help us implement these health protocols. It is only through a collective effort that we have any chance of continuing in person learning and keeping all of us safe.
Dr. Becky Foley, RSU5 Superintendent of Schools