These PowerPoint slides were presented during the State Council on Developmental Disabilities’ COVID-19 Vaccine Community Input Sessions in December 2020. Attendees had the opportunity to directly share feedback and concerns regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. SCDD’s Executive Director, Aaron Carruthers, is a member of the newly established Community Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC).
Face masks are important for preventing the spread of COVID-19. As schools reopen for in-person instruction, wearing a face mask will be a priority for keeping all students safe. SCDD wants everyone to remember that some students with intellectual and developmental disabilities cannot wear a face mask and that according to the official health guidance for schools, they cannot be excluded from in-person learning.
The guidance says that “All students (kindergarten through 12th grade) are required to wear face coverings at all times while at school, unless exempted.” These people do not have to wear face covering at all times:
Persons younger than two years old. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Such conditions are rare.
Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.