Purpose:  Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a face mask helps to minimize the spread of the virus from the wearer to others. 

Waterford students, faculty, staff and all visitors will be:

  • required to wear masks whenever they are indoors on campus and on buses AND
  • encouraged to maintain 6 feet of distance from others if they choose to unmask outside to avoid preventable quarantines

We ask families to purchase two-layered cloth masks without an exhalation valve that can be washed and reused, or medical masks that meet the CDC’s Mask Recommendations. Neck gaiters and bandanas/scarfs will not be allowed due to their ineffectiveness. We leave the selection of color and style to families, however, masks should be free of writing or slogans. Please label cloth masks as is done with uniform items. Disposable masks will be provided to anyone who has left them at home. 

As always, our school community will be guided by our core value of Caring. I will wear my mask for you and you will wear your mask for me.

What to look for in a face mask

  • Be clean and in good repair (free of of rips, tears, or holes)
  • Be made of high quality cotton material 
  • Fit snugly (without gaps), but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secure and should cover the wearer’s nose and mouth
  • Include multiple layers of fabric for added protection
  • Allow for the ability to breathe without restriction
  • Able to be routinely washed after each use
  • Does NOT have an exhalation valve-this allows droplets to escape the mask

When to wear a face covering

  • In all Waterford buildings and during all classes meeting indoors 

Proper wearing, Removal and Storage

  • Refer to CDC’s guide on How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer prior to putting on mask and after masks are removed
  • Place mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under chin area, ensuring mask fits snugly against the face 
  • Have a spare mask on hand in case the original mask gets lost or soiled
  • Write your name on the inside of the mask as done with uniform items. Masks that can be identified will be returned. Unlabeled masks will be discarded
  • Routinely wash face coverings, at least daily and whenever they become soiled. See CDC’s guidance for washing face coverings here.