MASK REQUIREMENTS

MASK REQUIREMENTS
Posted on 08/10/2021

We have had several inquiries about masks the last few days.  Orion Community Unit School District #223 will be following the CDC recommended standard for masks.  According to the CDC, masks should have two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID and should be worn over the mouth and nose.  Face masks with exhalation valves and vents are not acceptable for source control because they do not prevent the user from spreading respiratory secretions when they breathe, talk, sneeze, or cough.   Single layered “gaiters” are not a substitute for multi-layered masks.  According to updated CDC guidance (February 12, 2021), gaiters can be worn as face coverings when they contain two layers of fabric or a single layer that can be folded to make two.  Face shields also do not provide adequate source control because respiratory droplets may be expelled from the sides or bottom.  Students not wearing a proper mask or refusing to wear a mask will be sent home.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Joseph A. Blessman, Superintendent