Clarification on Mask Procedures

Clarification on Mask Procedures
Posted on 10/10/2021
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October 10, 2021

Dear Douglas County School District Families and Staff,

We wanted to provide a quick clarification regarding our message of yesterday evening with respect to mask wearing in the Douglas County School District (DCSD). To clarify, DCSD procedures for masking in schools remain in place with the exception of a new avenue for families to exempt their children from mask-wearing, if desired.

DCSD will continue to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear facial coverings inside our school buildings regardless of vaccination status. There are exceptions, however, for those with either a medical exemption or an exemption pursuant to the new Public Health Order (a signed and dated declaration from a parent/guardian of a child under the age of 18 years). DCSD parents and guardians may submit their written exemption requests directly to their school.

However, face coverings must be worn by all staff and students (regardless of vaccination status) on DCSD school buses in alignment with a federal CDC mandate which is currently still in place. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone utilizing public transportation must wear a face covering at all times. This includes school buses.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate this ever changing COVID environment.

Sincerely,

Douglas County School District

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