Health & Safety
*Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19, requirements and recommendations on all protocols are subject to change.
According to national and local health experts, face coverings and social distancing significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 by preventing people from contracting and transmitting the disease. It is important to note that most guidance (locally and nationally) either requires or strongly recommends the use of face coverings in public. The science continues to support the same as these items reduce air droplets produced when people speak, sing, yell, cough and sneeze.
This guidance enforces the importance of face coverings when it is possible and when it does not aggravate existing health conditions. Not all students can use these because of their age or developmental constraints. However, the West Virginia Department of Education has outlined requirements and recommendations for face coverings to best protect public health in our schools.
This is especially important when children are in congregant settings, unable to exercise six feet of social distancing and/or when there are active cases of COVID-19 in the school community.