Wearing a face covering helps limit the spread of COVID-19, and helps to protect your health and the health of those around you. As such, we have created the following policy to provide clear and consistent guidance for mask wearing for everyone while on campus.
All students, faculty and staff are required to wear a face mask at all times (i.e., during and outside of school hours) that wholly covers one’s nose and mouth. The School has provided all students, faculty and staff with three reusable cloth face masks at the start of the school year. Individuals may also use their own mask.
Only 2-ply (or higher) cloth or paper masks with loops will be permitted, and all masks must fit snugly. Gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves, and single-ply masks may not be used on campus. If a plastic face-shield is used, it must be accompanied by a face mask.
If a student or faculty/staff member forgets their mask or their mask becomes damaged, the School will provide them with a disposable mask. Masks can be obtained from the reception desk in Baldwin Hall, the administrative offices in Heath Commons and Thompson Hall, and the Athletic Training Office in the Athletic Center.
Classrooms and Indoor Spaces
Masks are required at all times in all indoor spaces. Masks may be removed briefly in classrooms or common spaces to allow for drinking. Drinking is permitted as long as the mask is removed briefly and only if there is at least six feet physical distance from the nearest person.
Offices and Faculty Workspaces
Faculty or staff who are alone in workspaces do not need to wear masks. However, if another individual enters that space, everyone should wear masks.
Masks may be removed during lunchtime only when seated and eating. Because students will be unmasked while eating, we ask that students refrain from speaking. While unmasked and eating outdoors, students may speak if at least six feet physical distancing is maintained.
Masks shall be worn at all times when traveling from one space to another.
Masks must be worn by all participants when traveling to and from athletic venues, during stretching, and close proximity situations (i.e., team talks, cool downs). Athletes must wear masks when they are not engaged in vigorous activities that cause heavy breathing, and are encouraged to wear masks when engaging in vigorous activity if it does not interfere with the athlete's ability to breathe. Athletes must keep their face masks on their person and easily accessible at all times. Coaches are required to wear masks at all times unless also engaged in vigorous activities. Masks must meet Hopkins mask policies (i.e., no gaiters, no mask with a valve, no using a shirt to cover your face, etc.).
We understand that prolonged use of face masks may be difficult for some; therefore, we have established mask-free zones in several outdoor areas around campus. These areas include the Patio Tent between the Library and Hopkins House, Pratt Field (adjacent to the WCAC) and the Quad (open area between Thompson Hall and Heath Commons). Masks can be removed in a mask-free zone only if the area is supervised by an adult and if a minimum of six feet physical distance is maintained. Talking is permitted while unmasked in mask-free zones. Please note that masks cannot be removed at any time during passing time between periods.
Compliance and Enforcement
Face masks may not have words, images or logos that do not comply with our Attire Policy as written in the Hopkins Handbook. For the safety and security of our community, students who repeatedly do not comply with our face mask requirements will need to continue the school year through virtual learning.