Based on the current low prevalence of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has indicated K-6 students do not need to wear a mask while seated in classrooms, although students and staff may choose to wear them at their own discretion. Masks will be required on school buses for all riders. K-6 students who arrive by bus must wear their mask until they are seated in their classroom, at which point it can be removed, stored and hand hygiene completed. Masks are not required to be worn by K-6 students in common areas during the school day. K-6 students will also be required to put their masks on again, in their classrooms, at the end of the day prior to making their way to the bus. Mask wearing will not be required of K-6 students who do not take the bus.
The Provincial Government has recently announced Grades 7-12 students will be required to wear masks in all common areas of schools (including hallways), and if seated in their classroom if a one-metre physical distance (face to face) cannot be achieved. Public health guidelines indicate this will be closely monitored and if there is a change in epidemiology or evidence regarding COVID-19, the recommendation may change.
Please note, no student is required to wear a mask if they cannot tolerate it.