Mask Requirement Still in Effect for MCSD Schools and Offices
Cloth Face Coverings - Mask Update
The medical community, including physicians serving on the Superintendent’s Pandemic Crisis Response Team and representatives of the Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH Martin), supports the continued use of masks at this time.
- While the Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted to not continue its mask mandate, it is still a recommendation. The school district is not part of the Board of County Commissioners' decision. Masks are required to be worn by students, staff and visitors while on school district property.
- Additionally, the CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent the COVID -19 spread. “We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus “. This is particularly noted when used universally within a school and community setting.
- DOH Martin, as well as the state of Florida, follow the CDC's COVID-19 guidance and recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus and recommend the continued use of cloth face coverings as an effective measure to decrease transmission of airborne pathogens and those transmitted by droplets, such as COVID-19. By requiring the face masks in school, it will not only be beneficial in decreasing the transmission of COVID-19, but also flu. In addition, a recent WHO article states the negative effect of having to close schools due to outbreaks, far exceeds the negative impact of having mitigation strategies, such as masks, in place.
Below are the recommendations from the CDC that recommends face coverings as one of the mitigation strategies, along with good hand hygiene, staying home when you’re sick, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and cleaning high touched surfaces all help to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/cloth-face-cover.html
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html
- American Academy of Pediatrics: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools
Current data indicates the COVID-19 positivity rate is rising locally, within Florida, and nationally. Continued risk mitigation strategies of wearing masks, practicing proper hand hygiene and practicing social distancing when possible has proven effective for the Martin County School District. Our dashboard data tells the story and indicates that most school-aged cases are related to after school activities not within schools.
Based on the Florida Department of Education requirements for school opening, the Martin County School District provides an innovative instructional option for remote learning at home. Parents can choose their students learning option, either traditional (in person) school (where masks are required) or remote learning at home.