Face coverings and masks are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is infected. According to the CDC, everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
In order to maximize health and safety, all staff members, students and visitors will wear cloth face coverings at Rockwood schools.
Students will bring their own cloth face coverings to wear at school. Students who are unable to bring a mask to school will be provided a mask. Cloth face coverings will be provided for all staff and PPE (personal protective equipment) will be provided to staff depending on their position (nurses, custodians, etc). Staff members are also welcome to bring and wear their own masks at school. Cloth face coverings should be cleaned after use each day and if damp or dirty.
The decision to implement mask-wearing includes the following benefits for both children and adults in Rockwood schools:
- Wearing face masks limits the spread of illness, allowing students to be in school and helping keep schools open. This will help meet Rockwood's goal of providing maximum in-person learning and schedules in the traditional classroom.
- Wearing of cloth face coverings is consistent with guidance from the CDC, St. Louis County and the Missouri Department of Health for children ages 2 and older.
- Rockwood is committed to caring for all students and staff as part of its mission. Wearing a mask at school shows care for others and helps protect classmates and teachers/staff who are more at risk. Mask wearing allows everyone to participate in school.
- Wearing masks offers an added layer of protection when young students, who are developmentally drawn to each other, do not maintain social distancing recommendations. Children will be able to play together in a more age-appropriate way with this added insurance.
- Mask breaks will be provided by supervising adults when the opportunity exists, such as outside, inside during lunch or inside when children can be appropriately distanced.
Rockwood will work with students to educate them on the benefits and proper wearing of masks and/or develop a safe alternative when needed and possible.
For more information on how to properly wear and handle face coverings and masks, please visit the CDC website.