Administrative Procedure 4:180-AP1
Mandatory Face Mask Guidelines during Outbreak / Epidemic / Pandemic Diseases
The Gillespie Community Unit School District No. 7 is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Therefore, consistent with the guidelines issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”), during a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic, all visitors, staff members, and students (ages 2 and up), must wear an approved face mask while inside a school building and/or on a school bus, subject to limited exceptions as set forth below.
During in-person instructional periods, passing periods, district activities, travelling on a school bus, and other designated times, students must wear a face mask that securely covers their mouth and nose. The limited exceptions to this mandatory mask requirement include times while a student is outside with social distancing measures in place, while a student is eating or drinking, while a student is playing a band instrument during a designated band course, and while a student is in the nurse’s office (or quarantine area) for assessment or medical attention and has been directed to remove the mask for such purpose.
If a student refuses to wear a face mask during in-person instruction, passing periods, district activities, or other designated times not subject to the limited exceptions, the administration will take appropriate action to further ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and families. The student’s parents will be promptly notified and a meeting between the student and a designated administrator will be held to discuss the student’s refusal to comply with the District’s health and safety requirements. Following the meeting between the administrator and student, the following disciplinary steps may be imposed:
(1) For a student’s first incident of refusal, he/she may be sent home for the remainder of the school day and will be required to participate in the District’s remote learning program during that time.
(2) Following a student’s second refusal, he/she may be sent home for the remainder of the week (or a period up to one week) and will be required to participate in the District’s remote learning program during that time.
(3) Following a student’s third refusal, he/she may be sent home for up to the remainder of the academic quarter and will be required to participate in the District’s remote learning program during that time.
If, following a student’s third refusal, he/she continues to refuse to wear a mask or otherwise engages in conduct that compromises the safety of others, he/she may also be subject to further discipline consistent with the rules and procedures outlined in Policy 7:190. Note: Students who engage in unsafe or improper conduct are also subject to discipline at any time, even a first incident, in accordance with Board Policy.
The District recognizes that, on rare occasions, some students may be either medically contraindicated or otherwise unable to wear an approved face mask for legitimate, bona fide reasons. In such instances, the administration may require that reasonable documentation (such as a doctor’s note) of the student’s limitation must be submitted to the District. At that time, appropriate District personnel will review the individual request and supporting documentation and may take further action to determine whether any accommodation(s) is necessary and available. Such situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
105 ILCS 5/10-16.7 and 5/10-20.5, and 5/10-30.
Ill. Dept. of Public Health Act (Part 1), 20 ILCS 2305/2
Ill. Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305
CROSS REF.: 1:20 (District Organization, Operations, and Cooperative Agreements), 2:20 (Powers and Duties of the School Board, Indemnification), 2:240 (Board Policy Development), 4:170 (Safety), 7:90 (Release During School Hours), 7:190 (Student Behavior); 8:100 (Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies).