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Mask Waiver

Masks/Face Coverings prohibit the spread of the virus even when the infected person is without symptoms, according to the CDC. Based upon recommendations from the Saint Johns County Department of Health and Environment and the Florida Board of Education, students and staff must wear face coverings/masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. 

Experts caution that as long as COVID-19 is in the community, there is always a chance of transmission. However, if each family in our small learning community practices similar safety precautions and maintains low-risk activities outside of our school, the risk of the group’s exposure is minimized. One way to think about our learning community is as an extension of your family. Just like all the members of your household follow the same safety guidelines, it’s important that all the families in our learning community have similar expectations around safety behaviors.

Please keep take note of the procedures below that we need to adapt in lieu of mask-wearing: `

We will do daily symptom and temperature checks.

Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.
Students who are sick should not attend school. Below are symptoms that would indicate that your child should stay home:

COVID-19 has a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. If you suspect you or your child has been exposed, please let us know immediately.

Symptoms can include:

Fever or chills (temp above 99 degrees F)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

We leave it to each family to decide whether they would like for their child/children to continue wearing masks within school premises or not but understand the risks involved and will not hold River Oak Academy, Acton Jax Inc, its board members, officers, staff or affiliates responsible for any resulting exposure from being in school without wearing a mask.

I wish for my child/ren to discontinue wearing his/her/their mask/s while within school premises. I promise to be vigilant with symptom checks on my child/ren and will be cautious with people we are around or places we go so as not to expose ourselves and our school community to undue risk. I will inform the school immediately of any exposure to a COVID positive person.

Thank you for your submission!

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