Face Covering ProtocolFace Covering Protocol School entities, including public K-12 schools, PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Programs, and Preschool Early Intervention programs, may make the decision to require masks or not require masks to be worn during the school day. Guidance from the State mandates all students wear a mask while riding the bus.When worn properly, a face covering helps reduce the spread of the coronavirus by reducing droplet transmission between people. As a reminder, face coverings do not replace the need for maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing, and our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines.Approved Face Coverings“Face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen.Please follow the guidance below for applying, removing, and cleaning the four types of face coverings approved for wear by school district staff, students, and visitors. Hand hygiene should be performed before and after applying and removing a face covering.Types of Face CoveringDisposable Surgical MaskCloth MaskNeck GaitersFace Covering ApplicationHook loops snugly around ears. Ensure that mask covers nose and mouth at all times and is secured under the chin.Secure ties to head or hook loops snugly around ears. Ensure that mask covers nose and mouth at all times and is secured under the chin.Start with the gaiter on your neck, then pull it up to just below your eyes. Cover from nose to chin. Ensure that it fits snugly, especially around your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, not to leave gapsCovering RemovalUnhook from ears and pull away from face without touching the inside of the mask. Fold so the inner part of the mask faces inward. Dispose immediately.Untie or unhook from ears and pull away from face without touching the inside of the mask. Fold so the inner part of the mask faces inward.Remove from the back of your head, by putting your (clean) fingers under the neckline and lifting up from the bottom to top over your head.CleaningDispose immediately into trash can. Not intended for multiple uses.Wash after daily use in washing machine with other laundry OR by hand soaking in a solution of 1/3rd cup of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water. Rinse clear. Place in the dryer or hang dry.Wash after daily use in washing machine with other laundry OR by hand soaking in a solution of 1/3rd cup of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water. Rinse clear. Place in the dryer or hang dry.General Guidance: StudentsStudents may wear a face covering into school and have a spare to use, if necessary.All students may wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth inside the school and outside.General Guidance: School Staff and VisitorsFace coverings may be worn by all non-students, both staff and visitors (including parents and guardians), while on school property.Staff should remain mindful not to touch face coverings except for removal for meals and breaks.When masks are removed, they must be placed below the chin, in a pocket or on the lap. Face coverings should not be placed on tabletops or other communal surfaces.