All Boston Public Schools staff and students must wear a mask
when on school property and while riding the yellow buses.
BPS will provide at least two reusable masks to all students and staff. All staff and students are allowed to bring and wear their own masks as well.
Acceptable face coverings include multi-layered cotton masks, disposable masks, and KN95/N95 masks.
Not Acceptable Masks
Not acceptable: Neck gaiters, open chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes are not considered appropriate face coverings.
Masks must cover the mouth and nose.
Double Masking: To ensure proper fit, if it is helpful, wearing a cloth mask over a disposable mask may be an option. Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask/Double Masking Protocols
If you forget your reusable mask, a disposable mask will be provided for you to wear on the bus and within the school building.
- Students with disabilities who are able to wear a mask should wear a mask. For those students who are unable to wear a mask, other mitigation strategies, such as social distancing are essential. Educators may require facial protections (face shields) and masks when working with this subset of students with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask.
- If a student is unable to remove a mask without the help of another individual during an emergency (i.e., breathing difficulties or airway obstruction), this student should not be required to wear a mask. Department of Education- COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
- People who are deaf or hard of hearing—consider using a clear mask if tolerated (poses no breathing difficulties or overheating). Clear masks are not face shields.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021). Improve the fit and filtration of your mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021). Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC’s considerations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html#anchor_1609776074112
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, ED COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools, Washington, DC, 2021. This report is available on the Department’s website at https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/reopening.pdf.