Julie Billiart Schools Mask Policy
This policy was last updated Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and is subject to change.
This policy is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is issued in careful consideration of Julie Billiart Schools unique population (K-8 children with learning differences, sensory sensitivities, and medical frailties) as well as the health and safety of our faculty and staff.
Beginning May 1, 2020, all faculty, staff, and visitors to Julie Billiart Schools were required to wear masks or facial coverings while inside school buildings - particularly in common areas such as hallways, entrances, and restrooms. In the interest of providing a safe environment for our summer guests of Beyond Camp, as well as our students, faculty, and staff who are returning to school on August, 25, 2020, we amend our former policy as follows:
Until further notice, all faculty, staff, and adult visitors to Julie Billiart Schools must wear a mask or facial covering while
Interacting with groups of 10 or more
Interacting with one or more people at a distance of less than 6 ft away
Using school common areas like classrooms, hallways, entrances, and restrooms
At this time, students are required to wear masks or facial coverings.
On August 4, 2020, Governor DeWine, in collaboration with Ohio Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics, issued a mandate that requires K-12 students returning to school to wear masks or face coverings.
We understand and empathize with the variety of opinions on this matter. However, this is a mandate from the State of Ohio. After conversations with the Board of Health, Julie Billiart Schools were made to understand that because we are offering an in-person education at this time, there will be increased vigilance and potential audits to make sure we’re following mandates and recommendations. It is not an option for Julie Billiart Schools to disregard state or federal mandates. Doing so could jeopardize our ability to educate our kids long term.
If you are concerned about your child wearing a mask, please consider these recommendations for kid-friendly, non-obtrusive face shields. Check out this article for tips and tricks on helping kids with sensory issues adjust to masks.
Unless your child’s doctor provides documentation of an exemption as outlined in the mandate, we will provide a mask for all children who don’t come to school with one.
Just as it is our mission to foster an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and belonging, we aim to create a culture of acceptance and understanding around facial coverings. We humbly ask for your trust and support in destigmatizing the wearing of masks or facial coverings. We educate our students to practice compassion for their peers’ choice and ability to wear, or not wear, masks.