To align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) evolving guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials recently revised a section of the district’s 2020-21 school reopening plan.
The district’s reopening plan is fluid and subject to change based on scientific findings and recommendations from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), F-M Superintendent Craig J. Tice said.
F-M updated its guidelines for face coverings to prohibit the use of masks that offer minimal protection and, according to recent medical studies, aren’t effective at blocking respiratory droplets.
Effective Sept. 24, F-M’s plan states that bandannas, buffs, neck gaiters and masks with valves or vents are not permissible forms of face coverings and should not be worn on school campus (including while riding on the bus) by F-M students, staff members and essential building personnel.
According to the plan, acceptable face coverings have two or more layers of fabric, secure with ear loops or ties and fit snugly against both sides of the face. At all times masks are worn, they must cover the nose and mouth, and must be secured under the chin in accordance with CDC guidelines. Homemade sewn masks, surgical masks and “quick cut” masks are permissible.
Individuals without an acceptable face covering will receive one from the school district prior to boarding the bus or entering school facilities.
More information about masks and mask wearing is available on the CDC website.