Beginning September 8 2021, all staff and students are required to wear a mask in all EPS facilities. This applies to all indoor settings including schools, buses, and district offices. PK-K students will wear their masks when traveling throughout the building and when sitting in groups. Like last year, opportunities need to be allowed for masks breaks. The mask requirement will remain in effect until October 13, the end of the first nine weeks, upon which time it will be reviewed.
Why masks? Masks will help us to obtain our goal of keeping students and teachers in class. When there is a close contact exposure the radius of quarantines decreases from 6 feet to 3 feet if both parties are wearing masks. This reduces our quarantines and allows more students to stay in school.
If a parent/legal guardian or eligible student indicates that compliance with the new requirement is not possible due to medical, religious, or strong personal reasons, they may request an exemption by completing this exemption form. Only a completed and signed copy of the exemption form sent or delivered to the school will revoke the mask requirement. The form can be found at edmondschools.net. Go to the “Covid Updates” quick link to access the form. The individual school emails used to submit the form are on this page as well.
If staff members indicate that compliance with the new requirement is not possible due to medical or religious reasons, they may request an exemption by completing the Staff Mask Exemption form. This form will also be placed on the EPS Staff Resources page at edmondschools.net. Staff will not be allowed to opt out of the mask requirement for personal reasons.