Mask Policy Revisions Effective 4/28

A message from The Hawbridge School Board of Directors


Dear Hawbridge community,

Effective Thursday, April 28, the mask policy will be as follows:

Masks covering the nose and mouth according to CDC guidelines are optional on school grounds and during school-sponsored activities (e.g., field trips, extracurricular activities). In the event a student becomes sick with COVID-19, or comes into close contact with COVID-19, follow the guidelines set forth by the NC Department of Health and Human Services as outlined in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). Drivers and passengers must wear masks while riding in school vans. 

We recognize that wearing a mask is one layer of prevention in a multi-layered approach. The Hawbridge School will continue other methods of prevention, including eating outdoors and outdoor learning when possible, the use of air purifiers in the classroom, increased ventilation, three-feet physical distancing, disinfection of high-touch surfaces, regular hand washing, immediate isolation of symptomatic individuals, and contact tracing and quarantine procedures in accordance with the NC Department of Health.

FAQ

Will we still offer batch testing? Yes, testing will continue without change.

Is there an expectation for staff to enforce masking for students whose families want them masked? Employees will not be expected to monitor parent/caregiver preference for student mask-wearing.

If the rates of COVID begin to increase in our community again, will we reinstate a mask requirement? The Hawbridge Board will continue to revisit this policy at each monthly meeting for the remainder of the 2021/22 school year, as required by NC Senate Bill 654, and follow the guidance provided by the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Are there situations where a mask might be required? Those who test positive for COVID-19 or who show symptoms may be subject to current COVID protocols in accordance with NC Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.

Sincerely,

The Hawbridge Board

Natalya Barker | Dawnya Bohager | Kathryn Brown | Christina Fisher | Megan Glancy | Renee Lynch | Todd Nicolet | Davida Reid | April Williams