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Policy 12.1 Face Covering Requirement (6/29/2020)

This is an excerpt from the LSCPA Policy and Procedure Manual.

  • 1. Policy
    • 1.1. Face coverings (cloth face covering, surgical mask, etc.) must be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) on campus.
  • 2. Face Covering Requirements
    • 2.1. The Face Covering Requirement becomes effective July 7, 2020 and may be modified or ended as COVID 19 conditions require.
    • 2.2. The health and safety of the LSCPA family (students, faculty, and staff), especially of vulnerable individuals, is of paramount importance. In light of CDC guidance, and to protect fellow students against COVID 19, face coverings (cloth face covering, surgical mask, etc.) must be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) on campus in the following areas:
      • 2.2.1. indoor public areas on campus, except where marked otherwise, even if you are alone (includes all non-private office or residential spaces such as lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, teaching laboratories, common spaces in residence halls, conference rooms, and break rooms); and
      • 2.2.2. outdoor spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain. This policy will be amended as needed in response to conditions on campus.
    • 2.3 LSCPA recommends that all individuals on campus have at least three face coverings available to use throughout a week in order to begin each day with a new or cleaned face covering. Those face coverings should follow the current CDC recommendations. If using cloth face coverings, they should, at a minimum, be made of multiple layers of tightly woven cotton fabric. Some common household materials may block particles more effectively than cotton. Adding a layer of filter material within a cloth face covering is recommended. Additionally, FDA approved surgical masks may also be used as a face covering.
  • 3. Rationale for Use of Face Coverings
    • 3.1. The primary purpose of wearing a face covering is to reduce the amount of virus spreading from the wearer (who may not know they are spreading the virus) into the environment and to others. The secondary purpose of the face covering is to reduce the likelihood that large droplets containing virus that are generated by others may enter the nose and mouth of the wearer.
    • 3.2. The use of a face covering does not replace the continued need to maintain physical distances from others, at least 6 feet, but instead augments physical distancing and helps us further reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
  • 4. Exceptions to the Use of Face Coverings
    • 4.1. Exceptions/waivers for both areas and individuals will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Students who are asking for a modification to a policy (including wearing a face covering) due to a disability should work with the Disability Services Office. Employee and visitor requests for exemptions based on a disability will follow the Reasonable Accommodation Requests Under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For areas or occupations where wearing a face covering is not feasible and is not based on a disability, a request for an exception to this policy may be made by sending an written request to the Vice President for Academic Affairs that includes: the request, the reason that face coverings are not feasible, and the additional safety measures taken to further mitigate the risk in the absence of face coverings.
    • 4.2. Areas where face covering requirements are waived must be clearly marked with signs indicating that an exception to wearing face coverings has been granted. In some cases, face shields may be approved for use instead of face coverings.
  • 5. Face Covering 101
    • 5.1. Face Coverings:
      • 5.1.1. Face coverings made by an individual must meet CDC guidelines including:
        • 5.1.1.1. fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
        • 5.1.1.2. completely covers the nose and mouth and secure under your chin
        • 5.1.1.3. is secured with ties or ear loops
        • 5.1.1.4. includes multiple layers of fabric
        • 5.1.1.5. allows for breathing without restriction
        • 5.1.1.6. can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
        • 5.1.1.7. launder masks daily
        • 5.1.2. Face coverings that are purchased and disposable:
        • 5.1.2.1. Must be discarded daily.  
    • 5.2. Face Coverings NOT recommended:
      • 5.2.1. Neck gaiters and simple bandanas, as they are single layer material and do not fit snug to the mouth and nose 
      • 5.2.2. Face coverings with exhaust valves
      • 5.2.3. Scarves, which tend to be made of porous material
      • 5.2.4. Face shields in most cases. (Face shields do not protect the wearer from aerosols containing the virus, and others from an infected wearer. Face shields are appropriate in situations where close contact with a potentially infected person may expose the wearer to respiratory droplets caused by speech, cough, or sneezing.)
    • 5.3. TIPS for wearing a face covering during the COVID 19 pandemic:
      • 5.3.1. Face coverings must be used in conjunction with physical distancing (6 feet social distancing), engineering controls (barriers between people) and/or administrative controls (reduced number of people at events).
      • 5.3.2. Face coverings may reduce the spread of viruses and droplets from the wearer to others.
      • 5.3.3. Face coverings may reduce the likelihood that droplets from others enter the wearer’s nose or mouth.
      • 5.3.4. Face coverings may reduce the spread of aerosols from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID 19 carriers.
      • 5.3.5. Face coverings become contaminated as you wear them, both from yourself and from the environment around you. You should treat them as contaminated and avoid self-contamination or contamination of others by unsafe handling.
      • 5.3.6. Remember to wash your hands frequently and to avoid touching your face as much as possible.
      • 5.3.7. Some individuals may not be able to wear a face covering due to a medical contraindication.
    • 5.4. Face coverings must be put on properly:
      • 5.4.1. Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
      • 5.4.2. Face coverings should fully cover your nose and mouth and secure under your chin.
      • 5.4.3. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
      • 5.4.4. Face coverings should be held in place firmly with straps.
      • 5.4.5. When you are putting on a face covering, do so by the straps and adjust the covering to cover your nose and mouth, being careful not to touch your face in the process.
      • 5.4.6. Once your covering is in place, wash your hands, and wash your hands after each time you adjust your covering.
    • 5.5. Face coverings must be taken off properly to avoid self-contamination:
      • 5.5.1. Remove face coverings by the straps and move it gently away from your face. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing.
      • 5.5.2. If your face covering is disposable, then promptly throw it away; do not place it into your pocket, backpack or where it may contaminate your belongings.
      • 5.5.3. If you have a disposable face covering that you have to reuse, then make sure that you store it between uses in a clean breathable container (paper bag) and be careful not to touch the inside of the face covering. Do not store in an airtight container.
      • 5.5.4. If you have a reusable cloth face covering, make sure you wash it after each use (a washing machine is fine). Learn more about how to wash your face covering (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html).
      • 5.5.5. Wash your hands after handling a used face covering.
  • 6. Compliance:
    • 6.1. Noncompliance with face covering requirements will be handled through existing employee discipline, faculty discipline and student judicial processes. 
    • 6.2. Some people may disapprove of wearing a mask. While the college respects those individual opinions, research has shown that wearing a face mask is the most important, and a potentially life-saving tool to slow the spread of COVID 19. We did not take the decision to require face coverings lightly. In the interest of public health, however, we are committed to this practice for the greater good of the community.
    • 6.3. Some people who disagree with the concept of requiring face coverings have called it “unconstitutional.” However, to be unconstitutional, a restriction must infringe a fundamental right such as freedom of speech or invasion of privacy or otherwise treat people unequally. Requiring students to wear face covering in a campus building when social distancing is not possible, is a narrowly tailored and minimally intrusive mechanism, which is justified by the significance of the college’s interest in helping to stop the spread of a highly contagious and deadly virus for the safety of the campus community. 
  • 7. Frequently asked questions. LSCPA Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions can be found at https://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Alerts/COVID-19/FAQs/Face-Covering-FAQ.
  • 8. Related Statutes, Policies or Requirements