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Masking Guidelines, Approved 11/02/21
In the November 2, 2021 Lexington City BOE meeting, the Board voted to extend the current masking policy until the next Board meeting on December 7th.
Masks Indoors – Masks are required of all students and staff regardless of vaccination status upon school property unless an exception applies. Medical exemptions MUST have medical documentation. For sincerely held religious belief exemptions, parents should put such requests in writing to the school principal.
Masks Outdoors – Students and staff are required to be masked from the time they exit their vehicle to enter into school facilities, while walking to their vehicle upon dismissal and at all times while waiting on a bus or other school provided transportation. Masks are required at all times while on buses, including activity buses, and other school provided transportation.
Visitors—All visitors to the school building are required to wear a mask to enter the building and should continue to wear the mask until they exit.
Testing of Students Participating in Extracurricular Activities – Testing prior to athletic contests and other extracurricular group events will be conducted for all unvaccinated students participating in activities where masking and/or social distancing are not achievable and in keeping with NC Department of Health and Human Services guidance.
Spectators at Sporting Events – Fans attending indoor events are to wear a mask and maintain a required distance of at least three (3) feet. It is recommended that outside event attendees wear masks or keep six (6) feet apart without a mask. Fans standing in line (entrance, exit, restrooms, and concessions) should wear a mask and remain at least three (3) feet apart.
Coaches and staff overseeing extracurricular activities shall provide proof of vaccination status and if they are unvaccinated, they will be tested each week.
Additionally, the superintendent, principal or their designee shall have the authority to require individuals to wear masks in high-risk settings or other situations not specifically addressed herein where social distancing is difficult to maintain, consistent with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Strong Schools Toolkit guidance as the same may be disseminated from time to time during the 2021-2022 academic year.