As we all know, guidelines surrounding COVID-19 procedures are constantly evolving. At Sun Country, we welcome new information and protocol as we are firmly committed to a culture of continuous improvement. Based on survey feedback, advice from several pediatric healthcare professionals, and in collaboration with the Alachua County School Board, we are updating our Student Face Covering Policy. On August 24, 2020 Sun Country will begin requiring face coverings for students ages 6 (or Kindergarten) and up, while they are in non-physical activities.
To clarify, face coverings will be required:
• On arrival at the West location
• On the way to, and during transitions between activities
• During non-active programs, like arts & crafts
Face coverings will NOT be required for students:
• Attending Team practice at Millhopper
• During active programs, like rock climbing, dance, gymnastics and swimming
• While eating lunch or snack
To transition, we will begin encouraging face coverings August 10, 2020. If you haven’t already, please encourage your children to bring a mask so they can get used to the feeling. Our staff will practice positive reinforcement over the coming weeks, and will begin requiring coverings, as outlined above, on August 24, 2020.
Students should already be bringing a water bottle each day, clearly labeled with their name. During physical activities where students remove their mask, we will have them attach it to their water bottle for safe keeping. Students may also place it in their pocket, as appropriate.
If a student needs a face covering, we will provide a disposable mask for a $1.00 charge to your Sun Country account. We will also have kids size reusable cloth masks available for purchase for $10.50 plus tax. Please make sure cloth face coverings are washed daily, and please do not reuse disposable masks.
Thank you for your help and support as we work together to keep our students, families and staff safe and healthy.