Facial Covering Requirements
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of people with Coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Considering this evidence, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The Hill School community is requiring our students to come to school with appropriate, reusable, cloth face masks for their own personal use.
- We recommend that day students wear one face mask and carry a second in case the first becomes soiled or wet during the school day.
- We ask the boarding students to maintain a minimum of 10 cloth face masks so that at least weekly washing is accomplished. Each boarding student will be responsible to wash their own face masks. Instructions for washing reusable cloth face masks is listed below.
- The student should have their name or initials inside their masks for identification.
- Facial coverings worn on campus at any time should be solid colors or patterns and not have words, symbols, or logos of any sort.
- The CDC guidelines for wearing and cleaning a cloth face mask can be reviewed here.
Instructions for maintaining and cleaning your cloth face mask
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
- Keep the covering clean.
- Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately before putting on, after touching or adjusting, and after removing the cloth face covering.
- Don’t share it with anyone else unless it is washed and dried first. You should be the only person handling your covering.
- Laundry instructions will depend on the cloth used to make the face covering. In general, cloth face coverings should be washed regularly (daily and whenever soiled) using water and a mild detergent, dried completely in a hot dryer, and stored in a clean container or bag.