The Decorah Community School District (DCSD) Board of Education has made the decision to revise District face covering requirements and guidance. Due to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance, gaiters and face shields will no longer be acceptable face covering options.

For the safety and health of students and staff, and to keep schools open, the Decorah Community School District now requires students, staff, and partners to wear a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended face mask when appropriate six feet physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained. Individuals must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for selecting a mask.

The mask should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover the nose and mouth; and fit snugly against the face with no gaps. The District highly encourages staff, students and families to review CDC guidance regarding face coverings when selecting a personal face mask. Complete DCSD face mask requirements, guidance, and frequently asked questions can be accessed online at the Decorah Community School District website.

DCSD Superintendent Mark Lane remarked, “A significant majority of students, staff and partners are already consistently wearing a face mask that meets these new requirements.” Individuals currently wearing a gaiter or face shield must transition to a CDC-recommended face mask by the beginning of the day, Monday, Oct.19 for staff, and Tuesday, Oct. 20 for students.