Global Learning Charter Public School is committed to providing a safe environment as school reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to public health experts, one of the best ways to stop the spread of coronavirus and to keep members of our school community safe is the use of face masks. Therefore, in accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the following requirements are in place until further notice. An ear-loop face mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn by all individuals in school buildings, on school grounds and on school transportation, even when social distancing is observed.
A student’s face mask is to be provided by the student’s parents/guardians. Parents/guardians should send the student to school with an extra face mask. Based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face covering containing valves, mesh materials or holes of any kind will not be considered appropriate masks. Staff members are responsible for providing their own face mask.
Individuals may be excused from the requirement for the following list of reasons, per CDC guidance:
In addition, face masks will not be required for anyone who has a medical, behavioral or other challenge making it unsafe to wear a face mask. A written note from a physician is required for a requested exemption. Parents may not excuse their child from the face mask requirement by signing a waiver.
Additionally, face masks will not be required when appropriate social distancing is enforced.