Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 12th, 2020
Vigorously, for months following the inception of COVID-19 I have been practically attached to my sewing machine making faces masks, 98% of which were donated to not-for-profit organizations, close friends and families. This is my contribution in the fight of preventing the spreading of COVID-19.
However, on Wednesday evening, August 12th, 2020 a spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools circulate a new policy passed by the CPS Board of Education requiring facial coverings for anyone who enters a school or building owned or controlled by the district. This requirement was given in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Reportedly, the policy shall be made applicable to all students, staff members, and shall anyone else, including visitors who shall enter a school.
Accordingly, students will be required to wear a mask, even when they are seated at their desks in the classroom. The policy states that teachers and administrators should provide breaks to allow students to lower their facial coverings.
Also, students and staff members will be required to wear facial coverings while riding on CPS-provided transportation. This mandate shall include a yellow buses and Metro transportation and/or vans.
Moreover, according to the policy, masks will be required outside school buildings and on field trips when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Ironically, in this requirement, CPS has introduce a fresh consideration in an argument for those who are wishing to have an exemption to this policy may be required to show a written explanation or certification from the student’s or staff member’s health care provider.
CPS is proposing that a principal, department head or superintendent may then decide whether to grant approval.
Clearly in a way that is easily perceived or understood students will be allowed to remove their masks when eating or drinking, when receiving medical services or when exercising, the policy states.
Thusly, a spokesperson for CPS said the district is working to accommodate younger students, students with sensory sensitivities and those with disabilities. Students may be asked to wear a face shield instead.