Unadilla Valley CSD is making some adjustments to its COVID-19 policies, particularly around the area of face coverings.
The Centers for Disease Control is not recommending that gaiters and face shields be used at this time. Single-ply masks such as gaiters and bandanas will no longer be allowed at Unadilla Valley CSD.
Please abide by the following UV policies and guidelines from the CDC:
- Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- CDC does not recommend use of masks for a source control if they have and exhalation valve or vent.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators.
- Mask breaks will be structured time allowing students to remove face coverings.
- Students may remove their face coverings when eating. When eating, students should not be talking. When students are done eating, they will replace their face coverings and they may talk.
- During instruction/classroom time, teachers and students must wear face coverings at all times if talking.
- If a teacher is conducting a mask break; the class may go outside, maintain social distance and remove their mask.
- Structured mask breaks may be held in the classroom under the following conditions: The classroom window is open, those without face coverings may not talk, social distancing protocols must be adhered to, and the break may not last longer than 5 minutes.
- An individual student may request a mask break whereupon they leave the classroom, go to a restroom, remove their face covering, and maintain social distancing protocols. This break should not be longer than 5 minutes.
- Individuals should not sit directly next to an open window when not wearing a face covering. Our ventilation is a negative pressure system which means that droplets from that individual could be forced back into the room. Air will be recycled most efficiently and safely (within 5 minutes) if individuals remain away from open windows.
At this time, we also wish that you review the attached infographic which details the decision-making process to determine if your student should attend school on any individual day.