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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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12 IN OUR SCHOOLS NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 12 Over the summer, state officials decided that face covering should be required at all times, even when socially distanced outdoors. As of Nov. 10, scheduled mask breaks are no longer encouraged. According to Lincoln's policy, all face coverings should, at a minimum, include two or more layers, they must cover the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin, and they must fit snugly against the side of the face with no gaps. Masks may not have exhalation valves or vents, and gaiters and ban- danas are not permitted. A face shield can be worn along with a mask. Students who do not arrive at school with a face covering will be provided with a disposable mask according to the policy, but the masks "should be pro- vided by the student/family." Reusable face coverings should be washed daily, according to the policy. The policy mandates that during sports and related activities, all athletes must have an approved face covering with them at all times and follow the athletic guidance from the school dis- trict, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and CDC based on the require- ments of their sport. There are also consequences for not complying with the policy. Students refusing to wear a face cov- ering may be required to attend school via virtual learning, according to the policy, and non-compliant staff may be subject to discipline. Third parties who do not follow the policy "shall not be allowed to enter school facilities or attend school events." Face coverings are not required when eating breakfast or during snack time and lunch period, when social distanc- ing protocols are followed. The only other exceptions are as follows: • When a staff member or student is either alone in a room or alone with parents or guardians, they may remove their face covering. • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than age 2. • No one within the developmentally delayed population will be forced to wear a face covering. In Lincoln, "mask breaks" may occur during the day, "as determined by the principal and where appropriate social distancing can be maintained. Breaks should occur when students can be consistently six or more feet apart and ideally outside or at least with the win- dows open." MASK POLICY From Page One Holiday Spirit 2080 Diamond Hill Rd. Cumberland, RI 02864 401-475-9550 OPENS NOVEMBER 28TH M-F 3-8 p.m. | Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Across from Dave's Market, Cumberland Join us for a new Lincoln tradition Christmas at Lincoln Creamery! Fraser Fur Christmas Trees and Wreaths On Sale November 24 to December 24. Hours 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Daily Take your Tree with you OR Delivery Available Upon Request. FREE pint of Ice Cream with Every Tree. Visit us at Lincoln Creamery 276 Front St Lincoln, RI 401-724-1050 (Leave message) or email at

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