Face Coverings:

All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers shall wear a face covering while on E-Institute property, in any E-Institute facility, at any E-Institute event, whether indoors or outdoors, and in any E-Institute vehicle, including E-Institute busses or vehicles rented or leased by the District.

Face coverings should not be worn by:

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Students under the age of five are not required to wear face coverings.

Students shall not be required to wear face coverings when students can socially distance or are outside in playground settings with distancing.

Students shall be allowed breaks to remove their face covering in a safe environment.

The Superintendent may make other exceptions to the requirement to wear a face covering while keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved.

Face shields may be an acceptable alternative to face coverings only for individuals that are unable to wear a face mask or cloth face covering.

Face coverings are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth, ideally fitting snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands and are to not have holes.

They are to be laundered regularly or disposed of appropriately.

A face covering does not replace the need for frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing physical distancing (six feet [6’] away) to the extent possible. Individuals are to be reminded to avoid touching their face covering and to wash their hands frequently. To ensure the proper use of face coverings, staff and students are to be educated on how to wear and care for their face coverings.

Legal Ref: Gov. Ducey Executive Order 2020-51