Healthy Habits

All members of the Pace community will commit to remaining at home if they show any signs of illness—including but not limited to fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. 

Students, faculty and staff will also commit to practicing good hygiene, including:

  • Wearing required face masks at all times, with the exception of meals. Faculty and staff will be provided plastic face shields; they must provide their own masks. Students must provide their own masks and should carry at least one back-up mask with them at all times. Disposable masks should be thrown away after each use; cloth masks should be washed frequently. Masks should cover both the nose and mouth. Make sure that masks are comfortable but fit snuggly and do not slip off the face. In putting our protocols into action, we have observed issues with neck gaiters, particularly for our youngest students. They simply do not fit properly and slip off their faces far too often. Therefore, we are asking that all students wear only cloth face masks (without respirators) during the school day. Gaiters will be permitted for Middle and Upper School student-athletes participating in after-school athletic activities, but must fit snuggly. Please note that masks with respirators are not allowed. Check out Masks For Kids for methods to help children learn how to wear masks, as well as the CDC’s checklist for returning to in-person classes. Extra face masks will be accessible in case of emergency.  

  • Thorough hand washing. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible but always before and after using the toilet; before touching your eyes, nose or mouth; before and after eating; after sneezing, coughing or using a tissue; after contact with high-exposure areas such as door handles; before leaving school and upon return home; and between classes.

  • Using hand sanitizers and disposable wipes. Hand-sanitizing stations will be set up throughout campus, and hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to carry their own hand sanitizers and should frequently clean personal cell phones and laptops. Disinfecting wipes and/or sprays will be provided throughout campus as well, but students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to bring their own.

  • Avoiding sharing. Do not share food or drinks; bring a personal, reusable water bottle that is cleaned thoroughly each day. In addition, students are encouraged to bring their own laptops and/or tablets to school to minimize the sharing of technological devices.

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