Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21

Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21 (Portuguese)

Letter from Head Nurse Diane Wallace 6/4/21 (Spanish)

East Providence School Department

Kathryn M. Crowley
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Celeste Bowler, Asst. Supt.
Dr. Sandra Forand, Asst. Supt.

June 4, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,
On June 2, 2021, the CDC released new guidelines concerning mask wearing while outdoors.
The guidance states that schools may allow individuals to remove masks while outdoors.
The CDC announcement was followed by Governor McKee’s Executive Order concerning mask wearing. Vaccinated and unvaccinated Rhode Islanders will no longer be required to wear masks while outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings.
This guidance applies to all ages. In response to this new guidance, the East Providence School District is advising you of changes to our mask wearing policy.

This new guidance applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
1. Masks are no longer required at recess, physical education, athletics or other activities which take place outdoors on school grounds.
2. If your student wants to wear a mask outdoors, they may do so.
3. Students and staff will be expected to continue to wear a mask indoors. Gaiters and vented masks are not acceptable.
4. When students and staff return to classes, hand sanitizer will be required to wash their hands. Masks will
be worn properly, covering both nose and mouth completely.
5. Students, staff, and all visitors are required to wear a mask inside all school buildings across the district.
6. Social distancing practices will continue.

At this time, there are no changes to indoor mask guidance in school settings. Guidance may be revised when/if the CDC/RIDOH releases new information.

Thank you.
Diane M. Wallace, RNBSN
Head Nurse East Providence School District
School Nurse Riverside Middle School

The East Providence School Department, in partnership with families and the community, is committed to provide a comprehensive, inclusive program of academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment preparing all students to become responsible, life-long learners able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Telephone 401-383-2224 x 30002 • Fax 401-435-7854 • E-mail: kcrowley@epschoolsri.com • TTY 800-745-5555 • Voice 800-745-6575
The East Providence School Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, color or handicap in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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