Until further notice, all Mercersburg Academy employees must wear face masks while on campus, as further explained below, while performing work for the school off-site (other than inside the employee’s home) and at all other times during work hours when the employee is outside their home. Masks are required to be worn at all times when entering buildings, when performing any type of work indoors, and independent of whether physically distancing can be maintained (e.g., must be worn in hallways, in shared work areas, etc.). Masks do not need to be worn when eating or drinking, when isolated in a private office or vehicle, or when use adversely affects an employee’s safety.
We recommend following the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC guidelines when you are on personal time. As a member of the academy community, our goal is to minimize the risk to all community members. Adherence to all safety protocols both on campus and off are an expectation of all of us.
Employees may wear masks provided by the Academy. Alternatively, employees may wear a mask from home, so long as it conforms to guidance from the CDC summarized below. Handmade masks must be secured with ties or ear loops, must include multiple layers of fabric, and must be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to their shape. Gaiters are allowed if they are made of synthetic or natural fibers, including cotton, silk, or linen and have a double layer. The school will not be providing gaiters/buffs but you may supply your own as long as they conform to PA Department of Health guidelines.
The following protocol must be followed with respect to use and reuse of masks:
Before applying your mask, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water;
The mask should fit snugly against the side of the face and around the mouth and nose;
If the mask has a metal wire, it should be fitted snugly to the bridge of the nose;
Avoid touching the mask while using it (if you do, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer);
Do not wear the mask if it is damp or wet from spit or mucus;
To remove the mask, remove it from behind—do not touch the front of the mask, and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while removing the mask;
Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer after removing the mask.
Masks must be cleaned or discarded after each use. If cloth, the mask can be cleaned by placing the mask in the washing machine or hand washing with a bleach and water solution and allowing it to fully dry. Follow CDC guidelines regarding washing and note that continued cleaning with bleach can damage cloth fabric over time.
Even when wearing masks, employees have an ongoing obligation to adhere to all other mitigation efforts, including:
Practice physical distancing (stay at least six feet apart from others);
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not immediately available;
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow;
Avoid touching your face or face mask;
Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces.
Employees with questions about the use of face masks or other public-health mitigation efforts should contact Human Resources or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or the CDC website.
Employees must advise Human Resources immediately if they are unable to wear a mask because of a medical condition or for any other reason.