WASD Masking Requirements

Dear Hornet Family,

The intent of this letter is to communicate the following information regarding required masking for our district:

Bus Riders: Based on federal regulations, the Wellsboro Area School District will require all students and bus drivers (when present on the bus) to wear face coverings to and from school and to all athletic/extracurricular events, and field trips regardless of the Tioga County community transmission level.

In School: Based on the recommendations from the CDC, DOH, our local health officials within our community, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, masks will be required in school when Tioga County community transmission level reaches substantial or high. This designation will be reported using the CDC COVID DATA TRACKER. Please note that the number of cases is per 100,000 residents. Since we do not have 100K residents living in Tioga County, the case number is calculated using this formula: if there are 28 cases in Tioga County that number is divided by 40,591 Tioga County residents. This records our cases as: 68.98/100K.

As of 8/26/21, Tioga County is designated as substantial community spread. Therefore, at this time, the District will require that all students, visitors, and staff wear masks as recommended by CDC and DOH while inside the school buildings to include indoor sports and extra-curricular activities.

The Wellsboro Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is in compliance with Title VI and Title IX.

As a district we are concerned about the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. We are concerned with spreading the COVID illness and concerned with keeping our schools open. We want our students to be safe and remain in school 5-days per week in the classroom with their teachers.

When having to conduct close contact tracing in the school, the CDC has made it clear that when students are wearing masks appropriately and are social distanced, the students would not be considered close contacts of a positive case and would not have to be excluded from school.

The following administrative regulation regarding how our administrative team will enforce masking for the students is listed below.

If a student refuses to wear a mask – student will be sent home. Parent will be reminded that student is required to wear a mask in school as per the WASD Board of Education’s Health & Safety Plan – otherwise student needs a 504 plan with medical documentation. The parent may contact the support services department to inquire about a 504 plan. In addition, other educational options will be discussed.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brenda M. Freeman Superintendent, WASD