RCAS school board to consider extending winter break, requiring masks for staff

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education will consider extending the upcoming winter break and requiring masks for staff members at Monday night’s meeting.

If approved, the change to winter break would convert December 21 and 22 to days off for students and staff members.

“Given the additional demands and stressors places on students, families, and staff this school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, senior administration is recommending that December 21st and 22nd be converted to Winter Break vacation days, allowing families and staff two full weeks off over the Winter Break holidays,” reads the agenda item.

As for face masks and coverings for staff members, if approved, masks would be required to be “worn everywhere except when working alone in offices, classrooms, or workspaces.” The change comes after updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding close contacts.

According to the level one plan, masks are required for staff members who cannot maintain a six foot physical distance. Students are required to wear masks at all times. The change would require staff to wear masks at all times, unless in a space working alone.

The RCAS School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Rapid City Education Center.

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