Student Face Covering Accommodation Request Information
Student Requests for Accommodation to Face Covering Regulation
On July 23, 2020, Arizona Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-51, which requires school districts to “develop and implement a policy to require face coverings, such as face masks or face shields, for all staff and students over the age of five until the Arizona Department of Health Services determines that face coverings are no longer necessary or recommended to contain the spread of virus.” Consistent with this requirement, the District has implemented Regulation JICA-RB – Student Dress which requires all students to wear a cloth face covering while at school. Similar regulations are in place for employees (Regulation GBGB-R) and visitors to District sites (Regulation KI-RB).
Regulation JICA-RB states:
While recommended by Arizona Department of Health Services, all persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, shall wear a cloth face covering while on any District property, in any District facility, at any District event, whether indoors or outdoors, and in any District vehicle, including District busses or vehicles rented or leased by the District.
Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:
- Children under the age of two (2);
- Anyone who has trouble breathing;
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The Superintendent may make exceptions to the requirement to wear a cloth face covering while keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved.
Cloth face coverings are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth, ideally fitting snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands and are to not have holes. They are to be laundered regularly or disposed of appropriately.
Students may remove face coverings during times specifically determined by a school administrator to be appropriate, including times designated for eating and drinking, playing outside on the playground, or any other designated "face-covering break," provided that the students remain an appropriate physical distance (as recommended by the Pima County Health Department) from others while the face covering is removed.
A cloth face covering does not replace the need for frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing physical distancing (six feet [6’] away) to the extent possible. Individuals are to be reminded to avoid touching their cloth face covering and to wash their hands frequently. To ensure the proper use of cloth face coverings, staff and students are to be educated on how to wear and care for their cloth face coverings.
Students must wear a face covering while at school or on a school bus. Students cannot come to school without a face covering. Absent an accommodation in place, any student who fails to comply with the face covering requirement may be disciplined for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
Regulation JICA-RB allows students to remove face coverings during times specifically determined by a school administrator to be appropriate, including times designated for eating and drinking, playing outside on the playground, or any other designated "face-covering break," provided that the students remain an appropriate physical distance (as recommended by the Pima County Health Department) from others while the face covering is removed. Students who need further accommodation may submit a request using the CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION/PPE CERTIFICATION REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATIONS form to their school health office by email, fax or hand delivery.
Once the application for accommodation is received, a District representative will contact the family to engage in an interactive process to determine if there is a viable accommodation available for the student. Because the face covering rule is in place during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect others who may come in contact with the student at school, face covering accommodations will only be granted for medically-certified health conditions. Students who request an accommodation must comply with the face covering rule until an accommodation is granted to them. All accommodations will be granted in writing. No one else has authority to make an accommodation to the District’s face covering regulation.