Q. How do I know and what do I do if a student or students in my class are exempted from wearing a mask?
A. Exempt student(s) will be noted in the confidential student information system accessible by teachers. Because they are exempt from wearing a mask based on California’s Public Health Guidance, any students so designated will not be expected to wear a mask indoors. If they can wear a face shield instead (as indicated on their exemption form), a notation would also be on the roster. This information will then be part of a student’s confidential record.
The District has asked that all exemption notices be submitted by Aug. 6, so you will be able to plan your classroom set up to increase physical distancing between students who will and won’t be masked wherever possible to reduce the potential of future contact tracing/quarantining. If a student is later identified as exempt classroom teachers would be notified. School leaders will work with their teams to address site-specific practicalities related to CDPH’s requirement that exempt individuals not be required to mask.
Q. What do I do if a student is unmasked in my class, but isn’t exempt?
A. If a non-exempt student refuses to wear a mask while in class, report the student to your site administration/Student Resource Center. One of your site’s designated staff members will contact the student’s parent/guardian to discuss options to meet the District’s requirements. Options that will be discussed will be following our requirement that masks be worn indoors, short-term independent study (3-15 cumulative school days during a school year), completion of the student mask exemption form, or enrollment in our Clovis Online School. A classroom teacher would then be updated as to the option settled on during the parent-school communication.
Q. If a parent asks for confidential information pertaining to mask exemptions in my class, what should I do?
A. A student’s medical condition, mental health condition, disability, or hearing impairment is confidential information and should not be shared.
Q. If I am exempt from wearing a mask under California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements what do I do?
A. CDPH requirements for masking includes conditions that exempt an individual from wearing a mask. If you (1) have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing mask, and/or (2) are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, you can submit an exemption declaration to the Human Resources Department. Information and the exemption form can be found at https://www.cusd.com/MaskExemptions.aspx
. It’s important to remember that anyone who is not wearing a mask and is unvaccinated is subject to normal quarantine requirements should they be identified as a close contact COVID exposure. Quarantine requirements may be found at https://www.cusd.com/StudentStaffHealth.aspx
Q. What if I want the District to provide me with an appropriately fitted N-95 mask?
A. The District has N-95 masks in stock for employees who would like to use them in the workplace. Contact your supervisor who will work with our trained team who can properly fit and provide you with N-95 masks.