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  • In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, PPE will be provided to mitigate the possibility of certain exposures. At this time, the California Dept. of Public Health requires that face coverings be worn in most settings outside the home. The primary role of cloth face coverings is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COV-19 but is asymptomatic. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. Being respectful and considerate of others within our organization includes wearing a face covering when appropriate. The District will provide trainings, videos, signage, and graphics to staff and students showing proper use of PPE, and other safety measures.

    Measures of PPE can include, and each employee or student will be initially supplied with:

    Masks: Face masks are an important part of protection, as well as personal hygiene, social distancing, and frequent cleaning efforts. CDC’s Guidelines on Wearing Masks at School

    • Employee: The District will provide four (4) masks per employee to start the year and two (2) additional masks and one reusable water bottle will be provided soon.
      • In addition, all employees will receive a one-time allotment of up to $50 to purchase PPE of their choice from Amazon.com.
    • Student: The District will provide two (2) cloth masks per student. 

    Face Shields: Face shields are an important part of employee protection while allowing visibility, as well as personal hygiene, social distancing, and frequent cleaning efforts. 

    • Teachers will be provided with two (2) face shields to start the year. 

    Gloves: Touching your face with contaminated hands, whether gloved or not, poses a significant risk of infection. Wearing gloves does not diminish the need to wash your hands. Please remember to wash your hands properly as it is the number-one defense against any virus. Additionally, the proper removal of gloves reduces the risk of being exposed to contamination.  

    Please note that social distancing should still be practiced even with the use of gloves and masks. Training will be provided to staff and students in proper care and use of all PPE.  

    In addition to using PPE, good hygiene practices are to 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth  
    •  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow 

     

    MUSD EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHEN: 

    1. Interacting in-person with any member of the public 
    2. Working in any space visited by the public, regardless whether anyone from the public is present at the time 
    3. Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others 
    4. Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, restrooms, and parking facilities 
    5. In any room or enclosed area where other people are present when unable to physically distance 
    6. While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others is not feasible 

    Having certain medical conditions accompanied by a doctor’s note and other circumstances may exempt individuals from wearing a face covering. The full list of exemptions is at
    www.mantecausd.net/cdphexemptions. If one of these exemptions applies to you, please discuss it with your supervisor. Other mitigated measures may be necessary for employees unable to wear face masks. MUSD employees who feel ill while at work must immediately put on a face covering, communicate that they are feeling ill with their supervisor, and go home.

    If you do not have a face covering, please speak with your supervisor.  Whether employees use a face covering from home or one provided by the MUSD, they are required to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tips for safe face covering use. 

     

     

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    MUSD STUDENTS AND PPE: 

    Per the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidance for schools, all staff and students in 3rd grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

     

Age Face Covering Requirement
Under 2 years old No
2 years old - 2nd grade Strongly Encouraged
3rd Grade - High School Yes, unless exempt**
  • **"Face coverings are strongly encouraged for young children between two years old and second grade, if they can be worn properly. A face shield is an acceptable alternative for children in this cohort who cannot wear them properly.

    • "Persons younger than two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious or incapacitated, and anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance are exempt from wearing a face covering.
    • "A cloth face covering or face shield should be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced. When a cloth face covering is temporarily removed, it should be placed in a clean paper bag (marked with the student’s name and date) until it needs to be put on again.
    • "In order to comply with this guidance, schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school. Schools should develop protocols to provide a face covering to students who inadvertently fail to bring a face covering to school to prevent unnecessary exclusions. Schools should offer alternative educational opportunities for students who are excluded from campus."
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