NSWS is required to follow the Washoe County Health District and Governor Sisolak. Our policy development is also informed by the Center for Disease Control.
All adults, including employees and parents, are required to wear masks while inside the school building.
Students in grades 1-8 are required to wear masks indoors, except when eating or drinking.
Kindergarten and Pre-K children are required to wear masks indoors, except when eating and drinking, or at nap time. At nap time, children will be socially distanced at 3 feet apart. Masks are optional for children in the Acorn class.
Teachers and parents providing transportation for students on field trips or between campuses are required to wear masks inside their vehicle and responsible for ensuring all passengers wear masks as well. The school strongly recommends that parents and students in carpools to and from school wear masks while in the car together.
- The Leadership Group may approve mask exemptions for students who are medically fragile as documented per an existing IEP or health related 504 equivalents.
- The Leadership Group may approve mask exemptions for students or employees who provide documentation from a qualified Nevada licensed medical professional that they are exempt in accordance with Subsection 3 of Section 7 of Directive 024.
Written requests for mask exemptions and accompanying documentation can be sent to the Leadership Group. Until the Leadership Group approves a request for mask exemption, the student or employee must remain in a mask while inside the school building.
People do not need to wear masks when outdoors.
Outdoor mask breaks are preferred when possible. Staff must exercise professional judgment and common sense to allow for breaks from wearing masks. If an indoor break is necessary, it should be brief (1-3 minutes) and the student or staff member should be more than 6 feet away from any other person. We recommend that only one student or adult in a group take an indoor mask break at a time, while maintaining 6 feet of distance from others during this break.
After school hours and on weekends (when all students are off campus), if a staff member is working alone in a classroom or the office, they are not required to wear a mask.
Handling and Removing Masks
EC and Lower Grades Protocol
There are times throughout the day that the children take off their masks (including going outside, mealtimes, and naptime). This procedure is in place to prevent the children from putting a used mask on various surfaces in the classroom.
- Families are asked to provide clean 3 masks for each child per day.
- The school will provide families with two cloth bags for mask storage. The teachers will label the bags for the children.
- The masks will come to school in the cloth bag.
- The cloth bag will be sent home every day to be laundered along with the masks.
- Two bags gives the parents an opportunity to rotate which bag is being sent and which bag is being laundered.
Removing a Mask
- Take off the mask, fold, and place in a cloth bag.
- Wash hands
Note: If the child has a disposable mask, each EC classroom has a small hands free garbage can with liner. The child will dispose of his/her mask in this receptacle.
This garbage can is a great place for children to dispose of used tissues and bandages as well.
When it is time to put on a mask (after lunch for example) the child will get a new mask to put on.
Types of Masks
Masks and gaiters must:
- Have two or more layers
- Completely covers the nose and mouth.
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps, and be secure under the chin.
Please see the CDC website for further guidance. CDC Guide to Masks.