Wearing of Face Coverings
Consistent with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health, students and staff must wear face coverings/masks at all times while in school buildings regardless of vaccination status (except when eating or if necessary to play an instrument) and on school buses. Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day. Students who arrive at school without a face covering/mask will be provided a disposable face covering/mask at no cost.
The only exemptions to the face covering/mask requirement are for students who are younger than two years of age, those who have trouble breathing, or those who are incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover/mask without assistance. The only exemptions to the face covering/mask requirement are given by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Pediatric providers (pediatricians) may determine a child is medically unable to tolerate a face covering/mask for the following main reasons:
- The child has a medical contraindication, e.g., difficulty breathing at rest, and/or
- The child is developmentally (physically or intellectually) disabled, such that they are unable to remove a mask if needed.
Students who provide a provider's note to their school documenting that they are medically unable to tolerate wearing a face covering/mask may use a face shield instead.
Exemptions to the requirement of wearing face coverings/masks as mandated should be kept to a minimum and should adhere to the joint IDPH and ISBE guidance.
A note from the student’s physician will be required for a student requesting an exemption from the face covering/mask requirement. District personnel from our Student Services Department will contact the parents/guardians of all students requesting exemptions to discuss appropriate accommodations. To request an exemption to the face covering/mask requirement and an appropriate accommodation in lieu of a face covering/mask for your student, please contact your school’s principal. The principal will connect the family with a member from the Student Services Department.
➤ Contact information for your school’s principal can be found on the District 15 website > Our Schools.
Students who refuse to wear face coverings, including those students whose parents/guardians prohibit the use of face coverings, may be required to participate in remote learning. In addition, students who refuse to wear face coverings may be subject to disciplinary consequences consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and Board Policy 7:190 Student Behavior.