UPDATED MAY 11, 2021

Contact Department: Head of School

Oversight Executive: Head of School

Scope: These required protocols apply to anyone on an ISI campus, including but not limited to all students, staff, faculty, coaches, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors.

Definition of Terms:
Face Masks are cloth face coverings that fully cover the mouth and nose, fit snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps, and can be homemade or store bought. They are intended to protect other individuals and to prevent the spread of  COVID-19.

Policy Statement: Since July 24, 2020, International School of Indiana has implemented prevention strategies that have made it possible to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open.  As the CDC recommends the consistent use of prevention strategies, including universal and correct use of masks to prevent the unintentional spread of COVID-19, students, staff, faculty, coaches, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors must wear a face covering upon entry to any campus building, and in campus spaces where social distancing of six feet is not possible, including outdoors. Some exclusions apply based on grade level or staff position, as outlined in the below procedures. 

Reason for Policy:

1. Provides guidance on how face coverings should be used as a public health and safety measure at the International School of Indiana. 

2. Is in effect until a return-to-normal operation in accordance with all public health and governmental orders is possible.

Procedures:

ENFORCEMENT

  • Failure to comply with face mask protocols may result in disciplinary action through existing disciplinary processes.
  • Human resources will assist supervisors with addressing employee violations.
  • Principals will provide guidance on addressing student violations.
  • All other violations are referred to the Head of School’s office.
  • These procedures are subject to change as the public health situation changes.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • A multi-ply tightly woven cotton cloth or multi-ply disposable face covering is required for all persons on ISI campuses.
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents, those that use loosely woven fabrics, and those that do not fit properly will not be permitted.
  • Neck gaiters should be cotton and multi-layered. 
  • Neck gaiters made from fleece, polyester and/or spandex blends will not be permitted. 
  • It is advised that each individual carry at least two face coverings with them daily to ensure that a replacement is available should the face covering become wet or dirty while on campus.
  • It is advised that cloth face coverings be cleaned after each use and that a clean mask is worn daily.
  • A face mask must be worn in all hallways, public spaces, and common areas.
  • Masks must also be worn in offices and in campus spaces where social distancing of six feet is not possible.
  • Face masks are required outdoors if social distancing of six feet is not possible.
  • Masks may be removed when eating/drinking, but social distancing of at least six feet is required.
  • When in a meeting with others, masks must be worn. 
  • If students, staff, faculty, coaches, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors don’t have a face mask, a disposable one will be provided. Disposable face masks are available at the front desk in each ISI facility.
  • Most students can tolerate and safely wear a mask. However, a narrow subset of individuals are unable to wear a mask for medical or health-related reasons. Individuals unable to wear a mask must have documentation on file with the school nurse before their return to campus is permitted.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

Lower School Students:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.
  • A face mask with an attached lanyard is recommended for Lower School students because it can be worn around the neck at all times and raised or lowered as needed, and it limits the risk of loss or cross-contamination. Please see the General Guidelines for additional information regarding prohibited styles and materials.
  • Students age 3 to Grade 5 will be required to wear masks at all times during the school day, and during before- and after-school activities. 
  • All Lower School students will be required to wear masks in shared spaces (e.g. bathroom facilities), including during arrival and departures, and when they are moving between spaces. 

Upper School Students:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.
  • Students will wear a mask at all times when indoors.
  • Masks for upper school students will be optional when outdoors as long as they can maintain social distancing. 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY, STAFF, AND COACHES

Administrative Staff:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.

Front Desk Personnel:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.

Faculty:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.
  • Faculty are required to wear a mask at all times, unless alone in their classroom or office.
  • In a language immersion classroom, it is important for the language to be clear, easily understood, and audible. Masks with clear panels for communication are permitted so young language learners can see the teacher’s mouth.

Coaching Staff and Athletes:

  • Should adhere to the General Guidelines.
  • Coaching staff is expected to wear a mask at all times.