There is not a one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to school masking policies:
- Some students cannot or should not wear masks due to a medical condition or disability.
- Some students may not be able to safely attend school if masks are not worn around them.
IEPs and Section 504 Plans can include information about, and provisions to address, a student’s needs related to masking.
School districts that implement blanket masking policies – whether they require masks or do not require masks – must make reasonable accommodations for qualifying students when such accommodations can be made consistent with the health, safety, and well-being of all students and staff, and are necessary to provide a FAPE or avoid disability-based discrimination. Check out the flyer produced by the Disability Rights Center-NH.