Face Coverings

Masks are required on all campuses and buses

Face coverings protect you from COVID-19 and helps prevent the spread of the virus to others. All employees, students and building visitors shall wear protective face coverings consistent with the order of the Washington State Department of Health and the District’s Safety Plan. Face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when people cannot remain six feet apart. 

Exceptions may be made per conditions and a process outlined in the District’s Safety Plan. Staff should work with their building COVID-19 supervisor regarding alternative options for face coverings. 

LWSD will provide cloth and disposable face coverings to all employees and students. 

Staff and students may use their own face coverings if they meet the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines listed below. If a student or staff member forgets to bring, misplaces or loses their face covering, a disposable 3-ply mask will be available for use for the remainder of the day.


The CDC describes a cloth face covering as:

  • Fabric covering over mouth and nose.
  • Fit snuggly, but comfortably and against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

The CDC has found that gators, bandanas and scarves are not as protective as cloth face masks. 

Therefore, they are not an acceptable form of face covering. 

Signage is posted to enforce face coverings, personal hygiene and transmission prevention practices.