Reopening Training Videos Face Masks #1
August 28, 2020
Dear MCS Families,
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the last days of summer! Here at MCS we are busy building barriers, waxing, moving furniture, setting up classrooms, and planning! As part of our MCS Reopening Plan we will rollout to parents a series of videos and highlight various aspects of the plan itself. It’s my hope that if we look at the reopening plans from many different aspects and chunk the information into manageable parts it will help us all familiarize ourselves with the plan.
The teachers are busy right now working on a template that incorporates the Reopening Plan in their classrooms. This way the plan will become part of our day and we will keep all our students attending in-person safe. The videos we will be sharing, will also be used with our students or age appropriate material with the same content.
Here’s the Communication plan:
Friday Evening - The Wearing of Face Coverings
Sunday Evening - Social Distancing and Hand Washing
Monday Afternoon - Recognizing Symptoms and Respiratory Hygiene
Tuesday Afternoon - Social Emotional Learning and Inequality/Diversity
Each of these communications will use this format - a list of videos and documents from the CDC and then the MCS Reopening plan on this topic with links to the website.
We will record one of the In-Person Zoom Meetings and send the link for those who are unable to attend!
The following week we will communicate with video tours of the classrooms!
CDC Documents and Videos
Wearing a face covering
- Wearing a cloth face covering in public may help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/masks/Face-Covering-COVID-19-video.pdf
- Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/community/protect-wear-cloth-face-covering.pdf
- Wearing a cloth face covering correctly can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Video download link: https://www.cdc.gov/video/socialmedia/Cloth-Face-Covering-Dos-Donts.mp4
MCS Reopening Plan - https://www.mcsalbany.org/Page/170
Students, staff and visitors to our school will be expected to wear face coverings indoors and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction, and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance or are protected by barriers. These barriers are appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk. These barriers are in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
Students with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face masks will not be required to do so, however these students may choose to wear a face shield if a face mask cannot be tolerated. All health care provider documentation must be submitted to the school nurse before the first day of in person instruction at MCS.
Because students and staff will need to be prepared to wear a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance. Lanyards will be distributed to all faculty and staff so face coverings will be available if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance. They will be required to wear a face covering in all common areas (e.g., entrances and exits) and when traveling around the school.
Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.
An employee is allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose. Employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate a mask will not be required to do so however these teachers may choose to wear a face shield if a face mask cannot be tolerated. All health care provider documentation must be submitted to the school nurse before the first day of in person instruction at MCS.
Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in an all-day setting such as school, so there may be periods of time when masks are not worn.
Face coverings should not be placed on:
- Children younger than 2 years old
- Students where such covering would impair their health or
mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge,
distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction
- Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
- Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove
the cloth face covering without assistance
The school will instruct students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors and vendors on:
- The proper way to wear face coverings
- Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering
- Proper way to discard disposable face coverings