Update on Parent Informational Session

Clarification on Face Masks
Posted on 08/01/2020
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We want to thank everyone that participated in the town hall meeting we held July 28. I want to first clarify the guidelines in regards to face masks as related in the informational session. I do want to apologize for not clearly explaining information regarding that and a couple of other items. The planned district face covering policy included for students to be able to wear any solid color face covering (blue, green, yellow, purple, etc.), and if they chose to wear a multiple- colored facemask, this must include any combination of the following five spirit colors: maroon, white, black, grey, and gold. In my description of the policy during the public Q&A, at 22:35 into the session, this information was explained and it seems that I failed to fully frame this, as there was much confusion as to our policy requiring only spirit colors for all student masks.

Our district administrative team always strives to make decisions based on consistency with existing policy and student success. At no time does our team ever intend to put an unnecessary hardship on any of our families. After much reflection and discussion with campus administrators, we have decided that, in an effort to provide our families with maximum flexibility, students may wear masks of any color and pattern/print. However, no writing will be allowed. The exception to this is any DISD spirit-related writing. Examples include “DW”, “Warhorses”, “Arabians”, “Devine Strong”, “Warhorse Nation”, etc. Any campus name or mascot will be acceptable. Masks with the clear piece over the mouth are allowable. If you have questions about acceptable writing, please call the campus principal. Masks should follow the guidelines of the Dress and Grooming section of the Student-Parent Handbook: Masks should not lead school officials to reasonably believe that such dress or grooming will disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or distract from a school activity. Students shall not wear articles of clothing, including masks, that advertise or promote alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, or violent behaviors/actions (wrestling, movies, music groups, etc.)

In addition, I’d like to clarify the following: With regards to the symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantine, please remember that according to CDC guidelines, if a person has a headache, runny nose, etc., the key phrase is “that is new or not normal for him/her”, then that person must report those symptoms to the campus administration.

Thank you for your support during these extremely difficult times. As we continue to coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies, it is our goal to keep you, the families of this great district, informed. We all find ourselves in a foreign environment this year. Challenges will come, but I know that Devine ISD administrators, teachers, and parents can work together to overcome the obstacles we face and provide your students -our students- with the opportunity to experience academic success this year.

Dr. Todd Grandjean, Ed.D
Superintendent Devine ISD
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