Masks & Face Coverings
All Students and Staff are required to wear masks or face coverings while inside any school buildings except when eating or drinking.
The Gloucester Public Schools are following the Massachusetts statewide requirement for all students and staff to wear face masks to help limit the spread of COVID in our schools and our community. Wearing face coverings is one of the most important ways we can prevent the spread of illness.
All students from pre-school through twelfth grade and all Staff are required to wear face coverings or masks when inside our schools, at any school function that takes place indoors, and on school transportation.
When outdoors, students and staff do not have to wear face coverings.
Families are expected to supply their student's masks. Each school has disposable masks in case a student forgets a mask or needs a replacement. Please be sure your child comes to school every day with a face covering or mask.
For more information about the Massachusetts statewide mask requirement for all public schools, please visit the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education's COVID resources website.
Selecting a Mask
Please follow these guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health when selecting a mask or face covering:
Cover your nose and mouth,
Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
Be secured with ties or ear loops,
Include multiple layers of fabric,
Allow for breathing without restriction, and
Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
Please do not wear masks with valves. They do not filter breath being exhaled.
Handling Your Mask Safely
How to put on a face mask:
Ensure your face mask is clean, dry and not damaged
Wash and dry your hands before putting on your face covering
Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face- no gaps
Make sure you can breathe easily
Wash and dry your hands
While wearing a face mask:
Do not touch the front of the face mask. If you do, clean your hands and dry thoroughly.
Avoid touching your face, as infection can still be introduced by touching your eyes or if you are not wearing your face mask correctly.
Face masks should not be moved during use. This includes being pulled up or pulled down below your chin. If you need to remove your mask (for example, to eat) - remove it safely, dispose of it appropriately (or wash if a home-made facial covering or cloth mask) and clean your hands.
Replace the face mask if it becomes damp, damaged, or soiled.
To safely remove your mask:
Clean your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Ensure your hands are dry.
Remove the face mask from behind (do not touch the front of the mask) by untying ties or removing loops and pull it away from your face. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your mask
Clean, store or dispose of it appropriately
Clean your hands again
Resources on Face Coverings
How to Wear a Face Covering Poster (MA DPH)
How to Wear a Face Covering Video (MA DPH)
Gloucester School Committee Policy allows for exceptions to this policy in certain circumstances such as students with medical, behavioral or other challenges. All exceptions must be approved by the building principal in consultation with the school nurse or the Gloucester Board of Health, and the superintendent. Contact your School Principal or Special Education Director Katie Provost at email@example.com if you want more information about a face covering exemption.
Schools and school staff will determine how to provide regular and safe mask breaks for students, ensuring that any individual taking a mask break is at least six feet from any other individual. School employees can take mask breaks outside the school or in their classrooms or offices if they are alone and/or working during remote teaching.
School Committee Policy
The complete School Committee Policy on Face Coverings can be found here.