School Program Communication
For the safety of all students, adults, and Guided Discoveries, Inc. staff, masks are required in all public areas and during all activities (excluding water-based programs). GDI will not recognize external mask exemptions. However, in the very rare case that a student has a verifiable disability that causes the student to be unable to safely wear a mask, the student’s physician (MD/DO) should provide a statement of the condition, reasons why the mask cannot be worn safely, and alternative protective steps that the student has been advised to take in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should also complete a formal release of information for the completing physician, such that the GDI Medical Consultant can speak to the student’s physician to request additional information as necessary. Participation in GDI activities with a mask exemption will be solely based on review of the physician’s statement of exemption and determination to the overall safety of the student in participating in GDI programming given the student’s stated disability. A Physician’s exemption statement alone is not sufficient to ensure that the student will be permitted to participate in programming.
Any exemptions must be submitted at least one week prior to the trip will or else they will not be reviewed.