Kyrene School District to require students to wear masks when they return to school in July

Local schools are figuring out plans for next school year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Local schools are figuring out plans for next school year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Local schools are figuring out plans for next school year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Kyrene School District officials released their return-to-school plan for the 2020-21 school year, taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and creating a "comprehensive plan to mitigate risk" for when students return. The plan covers bus safety, food safety, events and more—and the plan also stipulates that students and staff are to wear face coverings while on campus.

"Students will be required to wear cloth face coverings, subject to the health condition exception stated below, when physical space does not allow for maintenance of 6 feet of space between individuals," the plan reads.

The exception to the mask requirement applies to any student who has difficulty breathing or who is incapable of physically removing the face covering on his or her own, and alternate methods of protection will be discussed by parents and staff, according to the district.

According to the district, classes with more than 15 students do not allow for physical distancing and therefore students and staff need to wear face coverings.

Students will not be required to wear cloth face coverings during physical activities and when social distancing is maintainable, though they may voluntarily wear face coverings at any time, according to the district.


"Employees will be required to wear cloth face coverings during interactions with students or other employees when physical space does not allow for maintenance of 6 feet of space between individuals unless unable to do so for health reasons," according to the district. "Employees will not be required to wear cloth face coverings when social distancing is maintainable, though they may voluntarily wear face coverings at any time."

Masks will also be required on school buses, according to the district, since social distancing on a bus decreases the number of students who can ride a bus at one time.

Additionally, the district canceled field trips, events and large gatherings through at least Oct. 31.

The entirety of the district's return-to-school plan is available on the district website. The school year for the district begins July 30.

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