Mask Requirement for All West Ada Schools
COVID 19 requirements: Throughout the duration of the current pandemic, students will be required to wear a cloth face covering (mask) that fully covers the nose and mouth and fits snug against the sides of the face. Students will be allowed mask breaks when determined necessary by the teacher and appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Mask breaks will not happen in the classroom. Face shields are not permitted for use as a matter of preference and will only be used to accommodate medical and/or communication conditions. Face shields should never become an absolute substitution for cloth face coverings. Medical accommodations will be made for students with proper documentation from a medical provider. The documentation will be routed to the school nurse who will then document the accommodation in PowerSchool. Prior arrangements, based on a team decision, for students enrolled in special populations will be honored. The decision by the building administrator(s) about an acceptable mask is final. Violations of these requirements will lead to disciplinary action.
UPDATE: May 11, 2021
The West Ada Board of Trustees voted that for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, students will be required, while indoors, to wear a cloth face covering (mask) that fully covers the nose and mouth and fits snug against the sides of the face. Students will be allowed mask breaks when determined necessary by the teacher and appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Mask breaks will not happen in the classroom. Masks are also required on the bus.
The board also voted to make face coverings (masks) optional for outdoor activities (before school, after school, recess, lunch, physical education, outdoor classroom activities, etc.).
The board also approved that, during the summer months, face coverings (masks) will be optional for all school district activities, including summer school, summer intervention programs, and extra-curricular activities.
The West Ada School District Administration and Trustees will determine mask requirements/expecations for the 2021-2022 school year during a board meeting prior to the new school year. It is the intent of the District to be mask optional for the 21-22 school year, as long as student safety can be met.