Over the last six months, wearing masks have become a part of our daily lives. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical to ensuring safety for all In-person activities. We have built our inventory and designed systems to make it easy for schools to get the PPE they need for staff and students.
A useful summary of current guidance regarding PPE from the California Department of Education and our state and county public health experts is available here.
1. Face coverings are required (except when eating or drinking) for all students and staff, with the exception of students who are unable to wear them due to particular developmental or health diagnoses that would limit their ability to wear a face covering. Face shields can be provided in these cases as an alternative.
2. Staff can use face shields, which enable younger students to see their teachers’ faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. Face shields will be provided to teachers who desire this option. Face shields should be worn over a mask or with a drape to prevent airborne particles entering inside or escaping from the face shield.
3. Soap and hand sanitizer reduce disease transmission, and will be available and handy in all classrooms, bathrooms, main offices, entrance to school, cafeteria, etc. Everyone must sanitize upon entering and exiting school and cafeteria and bathrooms.
4. PPE signage provided by OUSD is posted at every school and office entrance, and can serve as a helpful reminder to everyone. Additional signage is being placed throughout school buildings in classrooms, restrooms, on floors and walls inside and outside, in preparation for students’ return.
5. Specialized PPE is appropriate for staff who will perform aerosolizing procedures and come into close contact with individuals who are symptomatic, some staff who work with students with moderate to severe disabilities, and for custodial staff who use aerosolizing sprays during cleaning procedures.