Mask Protocol Guidance

Madison Public Schools Mask Protocol Guidance for the 2020-2021 school year:  
as advised by CDC, Department of Public Health, and State of Connecticut in consultation with:

  • Stephanie Lesnik Director of Nursing
  • Karen Goldberg District Medical Advisor
  • Trent Joseph Madison Health Director
  • District Reopening Steering Committee
Situation Action
During School Day Wear Mask
Entering / Exiting Building Wear Mask
In Common Areas: hallways, bathrooms, breakrooms Wear Mask
Teacher Instruction

Wear masks during instruction.  There should be limited times when masks are removed for instruction, such as speech and counseling.

Clear masks are available

Staff unable to maintain 6 foot social distance for instruction

Wear mask

Wear a mask / face shield if close proximity is required

Gowns / gloves available if needed

Speech & Language Instruction

Wear mask

May remove face covering for instructional purposes, if able to maintain 6 foot distance from students or 3 feet distance with a barrier.

Counseling Staff

Wear mask

Masks may be removed for instructional purposes when counseling for a limited time, if staff are able to be 6 feet away or 3 feet away with a barrier

Scheduled Mask Breaks

Can remove masks while maintaining 6 foot social distancing or 3 feet with a barrier.

Preferable in outside environment or large space area


While exerting themselves in PE class, students can remove masks while mainaining 12 foot social distancing

Preferable in outside activities

Lunch Students may remove masks with barrier shields in place if less than 6' or maintain 6' social distance. If students desks are less than six feet they must have a barrier to remove their masks
Individual Offices/ Segregated Offices

Can take off mask if no other people in the office

Wear mask from time of entering the building until the time they arrive at their cubicle / workstation and at any time they are leaving their work station and moving around common areas

Properly Handling of Masks:

  • Limit handling of masks
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Inspect for damage or soil; discard
  • Place masks on lanyards when removed