Midlothian Independent School District

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Masks and Face Coverings

As approved by the Board of Trustees on July 20, 2020, all staff, visitors and K-12th grade students will wear masks or face coverings. 

When may students remove their masks? 

Elementary Classrooms: 

During any teacher-led small group instruction, the teacher and students will wear a face shield and will be separated by plastic/plexiglass. Students may remove mask/face covering and will be divided by clear plastic dividers at the teacher table as well. This small group instruction time will be in the classroom, RTI/Intervention time, and  GT instructional time. Students may remove masks during individual or group counseling sessions when social distancing is maintained or plexiglass dividers and face shields are in use.

Secondary Classrooms: 
Choir, band, theatre and debate will be allowed to remove masks when necessary for active participation (playing, singing, acting, etc).  Students must be at least 6 ft apart when masks are removed.  When students are not participating or performing, students will wear a mask.  For any teacher-led lecture, the teacher mask may be removed when additional PPE is used (6 feet of distancing, plexiglass AND face shield).  Teacher’s must create a plan for the removal of student masks and have it approved by the Principal prior to implementation. Students may remove masks during individual or group counseling sessions when social distancing is maintained or plexiglass dividers and face shields are in use.

Physical Education Classrooms and non-UIL extracurricular activities: 
It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face coverings while participating in some non-UIL athletic, physical education, or other extracurricular activities. When it is impractical for students to wear masks or face coverings during those activities, schools must require students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear masks or face coverings when entering and exiting facilities and practice areas and when not actively engaging in those activities. Students who are actively exercising may remove masks or face coverings, as long as they maintain at least six feet of distance from other students, teachers, and staff who are not wearing masks or face coverings. However, schools must require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks or face coverings as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing.
 

Speech
During this small group instructional time, the teacher will wear a face shield and will also be behind plexiglass. Students will be divided by clear plastic dividers at the teacher table as well. 

Dyslexia/ESL: 
During this small group instructional time, the teacher will wear a face shield and will also be behind plexiglass. Students will be divided by clear plastic dividers at the teacher table as well. 

Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 
If a deaf/hard of hearing child is in the classroom and needs to see the teacher’s mouth to read lips, the teacher during that class period only will be behind a plexiglass shield to teach the whole group instruction with a face shield on. 
 

Exceptions for Masks and Face Coverings

Exceptions will be made based on student need and documentation from parents based on governor orders. 

CBI/Special Education Students
Exceptions will be made based on student need and documentation from parents based on governor orders.  

Lunch 
Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and/or in classrooms. 
Masks will be allowed to be removed to consume food and drink during the designated lunch time. If class requires a snack, masks may be removed to consume snacks as long as students are socially distanced. 

  • Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupied seat.
  • Plexiglass shields have been ordered in order to maximize the use of the cafeteria table space.
  • Meals will be packaged as “grab and go” to ensure ease of pick up and transport to eating location.
  • Meals will be packaged in disposable containers in order to reduce handling of items.
  • Signage and staff will reinforce physical distance and traffic patterns in the cafeteria.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.
  • There will be no lunch visitors. 
     

Exercise
Students will not be required to wear masks where specified by UIL or during any physically exhaustive play, such as structured recess.  
 

Additional exemptions may be added based on circumstance or needs that arise. Approval process would go through the campus Principal and approved by Student Services/SPED Department.  The mask removal proposal must include additional mitigation efforts before approval is considered.