- Rock Hill Schools
Face Coverings/Masks Required in All District Facilities
Our Rock Hill community has embraced the call to stop the spread, and our infection rate numbers continue a downward trend and we must continue. We will continue to do our part to keep everyone safe on our campuses, and as part of our efforts the Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees has approved a new temporary policy to address our current situation. Policy ADD – Face Coverings/Masks was approved Monday evening, and it went into effect on Tuesday. We ask you to read and become familiar with the entire policy.
Here is a brief summary:
- A face covering/mask is a piece of fabric, cloth, or other material that covers the wearer’s nose, mouth, and chin simultaneously and is secured to the wearer’s face.
- Staff members will wear a face covering/mask while on district property or conducting business on behalf of the district.
- All students, Pre-K through 12th grade, will wear face coverings/masks while on district property, on district transportation, or attending a school related activity (e.g. athletic events, etc.).
- For practical purposes face coverings/masks may be removed on a limited basis for the following activities: Mealtimes, Outdoor recess where students can maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet, Administration of medication, Children younger than 2 years old, Anyone who has trouble breathing due to a medical emergency, and Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Visitors, which will be limited on campus, will wear a face covering/mask while on district property. Visitors will be asked to leave district property if they refuse to wear a face covering/mask.
- Students (or parents/legal guardians) who request to be exempted from wearing a face covering/mask may be offered remote or virtual learning for the period that face coverings/masks are required on district property.
- Failure or refusal to wear a face covering/mask by a staff member or student may result in discipline in accordance with district policy and codes of conduct, as applicable.
Our Return to School Reopening Plan has been updated to reflect this requirement. Additional updates to the plan include additional clarity of how known or suspected COVID-19 cases will be managed and the workflow and persons responsible for assisting in contract tracing and communication to impacted students and employees.
Again, thank you for your understanding and patience as our team works through countless scenarios to prepare for the start of this school year. May this be a great year for all of our team members whether serving our students through face-to-face instruction in our classrooms or our newly launched Rock Hill Schools Virtual Academy.
Let’s continue to do our part to keep our community safe.