Expectations for Handling Mask Refusal

Greetings Cohasset Families,

Yesterday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued requirements for masking that are to be implemented at all of our schools effective immediately. As part of these requirements, school districts have been asked to provide written notice to students and families about expectations and potential consequences for mask refusal. The following represents this notice informing the school community of our approach:

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has recently imposed a statewide mask mandate for all PK - 12 students in Massachusetts public schools. Accordingly, and until further notice, all Cohasset students are required to wear masks on buses, while inside Cohasset Public School buildings, and while attending school-sponsored indoor activities. Students will be provided masks breaks throughout the day, and masks will not be required during lunch while students are eating and distanced six feet apart. Students will not be required to wear masks during outdoor recess, if applicable, or while outside of the buildings for any other reason. A failure to adhere to this masking requirement will be treated as a school-readiness matter, just as if a student had arrived at school inappropriately dressed or otherwise not in a condition to attend school in a manner that is safe for the student and others in the building. As such, a student who does not comply with this requirement will meet with the building Principal or designee, to discuss whether the student can come into compliance and return to class in a manner that is safe for all. If necessary, the student’s parent or guardian will be contacted. Students may be subject to progressive discipline for deliberate non-compliance. Requests for exemptions will be considered based on the existence of a documented medical or behavioral issue, which might be aggravated by the wearing of a mask. Such requests and documentation may be subject to further review by the School Physician and Superintendent of Schools.  

Thank you, all for your understanding and for your compliance with these face covering / masking mandates.

 

Sincerely,

 

Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Cohasset Public Schools