New guidelines for Face Masks – Effective January 5, 2021
The Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04 (Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools) “mandates that masks are worn on school campus, on school buses, during school-associated activities, and while participating in or observing any school-associated athletic activities, by all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors.” This Emergency Measure cites Center for Disease Control research that supports community masking to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In compliance with this emergency measure, face masks are required on all CUSD campuses for all students, staff, and visitors ages 2 and older. Furthermore, the Emergency Measure specifies that an acceptable face mask should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps.
As a result, beginning January 5, 2021 face shields will no longer be an acceptable face covering for students unless a medical exemption is provided by a licensed healthcare provider and is on file with the school site. Staff will ONLY be allowed to utilize a face shield when necessary for specific classroom instruction and where they are able to socially distance from students and staff.