The New Albany - Plain Local Board of Education approved and adopted a mask policy for the district on Aug. 3, 2020. The full policy may be found below.
USE OF FACE MASKS/FACE COVERINGS Code Policy 8450.01 Status Adopted 8/3/2020
8450.01 - USE OF FACE MASKS/ FACE COVERINGS
The New Albany-Plain Local Schools School District is committed to providing students, staff, and visitors with a safe and healthy environment, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In order to maintain a healthy environment, the Board of Education will follow the mandates and requirements set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Governor, Ohio State Health Department, Franklin County Public Health, Ohio Department of Education, and other entities (“Directing Entities”) as it relates to protecting the health of students, employees, and visitors. If any of these Directing Entities or District Administration requires staff, students, and/or visitors to wear cloth face masks/coverings while attending school, reporting to work at a school, or visiting a school, the school system will follow and enforce such directives.
As of August 2020, pursuant to COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance from the Superintendent, all students in grades K-12 and visitors will be required to wear a face covering. Face masks/coverings should:
● Fully cover the mouth, nose, and chin; ● Fit snugly against the side of the face so there are no gaps; ● Not create difficulty breathing while worn; and ● Must be secure through either a tie (age appropriate), elastic, etc. to prevent slipping.
Face masks/coverings shall generally not include respirators and shall not include masks designed to be worn for costume purposes, etc. All face coverings/masks shall meet the requirements of the appropriate dress code policies and/or codes of conduct.
Exceptions to this face mask/coverings policy may be made for the following:
● Anyone who is unable to remove the approved face-covering without assistance; ● Facial coverings will significantly interfere with the learning process; ● Facial coverings are in violation of documented safety policies or documented industry standards; ● Individuals who have received approval from administration after discussing their request not to wear a face-covering/mask due to a physical, mental, or developmental health condition, if wearing a face-covering/mask would lead to a medical emergency or would introduce significant safety concerns. A physician’s report is required to accompany such a request for consideration.
○ In this exception, the administration may also discuss other possible accommodations for the student or staff member. Such discussion shall follow District policies and procedures under Section 504 and the ADA.
For any individual who meets one of the exceptions listed above, he/she may be required to wear a face shield or other face-covering as an acceptable alternative.
New Albany-Plain Local Schools School District is required to have written justification on file explaining why any individual is not required to wear an approved facial covering while at school/work. Therefore, if any of the above exceptions are made, the request for such exception must be submitted in writing as prescribed by the District and a decision on the request will be provided in writing. An individual approved for exemption may be required to wear a face shield or other face-covering as appropriate for the accommodation of this face-covering requirement.
Any school nurse or staff who care for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms must use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with OSHA standards.
If face masks/coverings are required, and no exception has been applied, students, employees, and/or visitors who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the applicable Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct/Staff Handbook, and in accordance with policies of the Board, or shall be escorted from school district property.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall be responsible to create Administrative Guidelines for face masks/coverings.