Face Covering FAQs
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Are there exceptions to the face covering rule?

Face coverings are one of the best strategies we have for preventing transmission of COVID.  Wearing a face covering prevents a person from spreading respiratory droplets while talking, singing, breathing, or coughing. They are meant to protect both the wearer and other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected. Persons with a developmental delay, medical condition, mental health condition, or disability or persons who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance may be excluded from this requirement. CDPH notes such medical conditions are rare.  Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must be confirmed by the school district health team, therapist or a medical provider.  

What if I can’t wear a face covering?

CDPH notes that the vast majority of individuals are able to wear some type of approved face covering, such as a surgical mask, cloth face covering, or face shield that includes a cloth drape attached across the bottom and tucked into the shirt.  While some individuals may require a medical exemption, CDPH notes such medical conditions are rare.  Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must be confirmed by the school district health team, therapist or a medical provider.  

Will the district provide face coverings for people who need them?

SCUSD will provide face coverings to all individuals who need one. Individuals may wear a face covering of their choosing that meets CDPH requirements.

How will the district keep from running out of face covering?

SCUSD has contracted with a provider who assures a continual supply of face coverings on a regular basis.  A four-week backstock of face coverings is also kept at our Central Warehouse.

Does it matter what type of face covering I use?

Individuals may wear a face covering of their choosing as long as it meets CDPH requirements.  For example, cloth face coverings should not have valves, as these permit droplet release from the covering, putting others nearby at risk.  Face coverings should have 2 or more layers of breathable material, completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and nose. See the CDC Guide to Masks for further information.