Student Facial Covering Policy
Sycamore Community Schools is requiring face-to-face students K-12 to wear face masks throughout the school day (with the predetermined exceptions; lunch, recess, PE). All students in grades K-12 must wear face coverings while: (1) on a school district bus, (2) in the hallways and common areas of the school buildings, and (3) in classrooms.
Exceptions: The face-covering requirement does not apply to the following situations:
The student is eating;
The student is engaged in outdoor recess and/or physical education class where students are able to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet;
Students are engaging in activities where wearing a face covering would significantly impair a student’s ability to receive necessary services (ex. administration of medication, provision of speech therapy).
Please review the Board approved facial covering policy below:
What Kind of Facial Covering Will Be Acceptable?
Sycamore Community Schools is following CDC recommendations for facial coverings:
- should fit snugly and comfortably
- must be secured with ties or ear loops
- should comprise multiple fabric layers
- breathing should occur without restriction while wearing a mask
- should be able to wash the face mask without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape
Per the CDC, masks with exhalation valves or vents as well as face shields are not recommended. At this time, the CDC has not specifically included the neck gaiter as a recommended face covering. However, if a neck gaiter is constructed of multi-layered fabric and fits snuggly to cover the mouth and nose, it will be accepted. We will continue to monitor the CDC's recommendations and update our policies and guidelines to reflect any changes to their recommendations.
Facial coverings will need to adhere to the district's Dress Code policy. Facial coverings that are determined to be potentially harmful to health and safety or styles that may cause a distraction or inhibit instruction as determined by the administrator will not be permitted. This includes any type of masks with slogans, pictures, or advertising that are inappropriate for a school setting.
Requests for additional exceptions for students with a documented health or developmental condition will be considered in alignment with any current Federal, Ohio Department of Health or local county/municipal orders. If your child has a documented health or developmental condition preventing him/her from wearing a mask during school hours, please download and fill out our Facial Covering Waiver and provide verification from your medical/health provider. Please return the waiver to your school nurse: