Pursuant to RI General Law §16-2-9, the Smithfield School Committee has the responsibility to “provide for and ensure the implementation of federal and state laws, the regulations of the council on elementary and secondary education, and local school policies, programs, and directives.” As such, any executive orders or rules or regulations regarding the use of masks/face coverings in schools or on school buses shall be implemented in all schools in Smithfield.
IN THE EVENT OF A FEDERAL OR STATE MASK MANDATE
Acceptable Mask/Face Coverings
Should masks/face coverings be mandated, acceptable face coverings include masks, as well as gaiters, with two or more layers and disposable masks produced for this purpose. Loosely tied bandanas are not acceptable, nor are perforated face coverings or are masks having exhalation valves or vents. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and must fit snugly against the side of the face with no gaps. Face shields do not replace the need to wear a face covering.
Mask Requirements for Athletics
During sports and related activities, all athletes must follow guidance specific for their sport from the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and RI Principals’ Committee on Athletics.
Penalties for Noncompliance
In accordance with RIDE guidance, there will be no penalty for a child not wearing a face covering. Instead, reminders may be appropriate. If the child is being willfully disobedient, that behavior will be addressed according to regular, disciplinary policies.
Parents may choose to have their child wear masks at any time. Teachers will not be responsible for monitoring or enforcing such parents’ decisions.
ADOPTED: October 19, 2020
REVISED: August 30, 2021, December 6, 2021