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What is the face covering policy for the 2021-2022 school year?

The Clay County School Board approved the Smart Restart Phase II plan on July 20th. The 7-page plan outlines the health and safety measures the district and schools are taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Face coverings were mandated in the first phase of the Smart Restart plan for the 2020-2021 school year; however, this school year, they will be highly encouraged. 

Guidance from the Florida Department of Health: Mask Use in School Settings

"Available data show that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children is considerably less than
to adults. Every person over the age of 12 years in Florida will have the ability to get vaccinated
before the 2021-2022 school year begins in the fall. In addition, as a result of the overall
COVID-19 vaccination effort in Florida, rates of COVID-19 in the community are declining and
are projected to continue to decline. These data do not support mandatory mask policies for the
2021-2022 school year. Mask policies should be voluntary."

You can view the full School Health Administrative Resource Manual here.

What is the face covering policy for Clay County District Schools for the 2021-22 school year?

The use of face coverings by students and staff will be recommended and highly encouraged, but not mandated, when social distancing cannot be maintained or in mixed groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The use of face coverings, while objectionable to some, continues to be recommended by the Department of Health and the CDC as a primary means to prevent the spread of COVID-19.