All students and staff at MVMS are expected to follow the 3Ws: 1) Wear a mask; 2) Wait six feet apart; 3) Wash hands frequently. While other health and safety measures have been implemented, wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance a six feet at all times (where practicle), and washing hands frequently are essential.
Face Coverings (Wear a mask)
Face coverings are to be worn at all times and all students are to follow COVID-19 safety protocols set forth in this guide at all times. Face coverings must fit snug around the mouth and nose, and secured around the ears or head. Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with vales are NOT permitted. As part of a statewide effort to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and as recommended by the CDC, face coverings are required to be worn by all staff and students at all times. Face coverings must adhere to current Marin Public Health Department Guidelines.
- Face coverings worn by students must be appropriate and meet district dress code requirements(e.g. no inappropriate fabric patterns, no Halloween masks, no hate symbols, etc.).
- Disposable masks will be available for students who come to school without a mask, whose mask breaks or gets soiled at school, or who wear an unacceptable face covering to school.
- Face coverings shall not be required for students or staff if there is a medical or behavioral reason for not wearing a face covering.This should be verified in writing from a medical professional, member of the school IEP team, or the school counselor.
- If a student refuses to wear a face covering, the teacher will direct the student to put their face covering on and will offer a safe mask break if needed. If the student continues to refuse to wear a face covering the site administrator will be notified. The following steps will be taken:
- The student will be directed to move to a safe space outdoors.
- A mask break will be recommended.
- Reasons for wearing a mask will be explained.
- If refusal to wear a mask continues, the parent/caregiver will be contacted to collect their child.
- Face coverings may be removed only for meals, snacks, or when one needs to be replaced.
Wearing face coverings correctly:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
- Avoid touching the face-covering while it is on. If you do need to touch or adjust the face covering, wash your hands right away.
Removing face coverings correctly:
Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing. Wash hands immediately after removing. MDPH Face Covering Guidance
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
- Fold outside corners together.
- Wash the face covering
Physical Distancing (Wait at a safe distance)
Based on current guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and Marin County Public Health, a separation of six feet between students/staff is recommended for mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission. MVMS has the following measures in place to ensure students stay 6 feet apart when practicable, and no less than 3 feet apart, while in the classroom, waiting in lines, in hallways, outside, and at all other times:
- Markings on floors and sidewalks to indicate physical distancing
- Signage on walls and around campuses to serve as a reminder to maintain physical distance from others
- Signage and arrows to indicate directional walking patterns
- Classroom seating/desks maintain physical distancing
- Limited number of students allowed in common spaces (bathrooms) at one time
Please also remember to practice these measures outside of school:
- Maintain 6 ft of distance from others outside your home. Keeping distance from others is especially important for individuals at higher risk for severe illness.
- Please discuss with your child the importance of community physical distancing measures while not at school, including discouraging students from gathering elsewhere.
Hand Hygiene (Wash hands frequently)
Frequent hand hygiene is one of the most important preventative practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and will be encouraged at school. Hand hygiene stations will be accessible on campus. Students and staff will be required to wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival to school each day before entering the classroom. Time for hand hygiene will be scheduled throughout the day including before eating and before returning to the classroom after recess.
Five steps to proper handwashing:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
How to use hand sanitizer:
- Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the sanitizer over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.