Face Masks Frequently Asked Questions
The Glencoe Park District the Park District has a new policy about wearing masks while indoors, effective Monday, August 3. Masks will be required to be worn during in-person classes and for those enrolled in our Summer Care program. This rule will be in place for school aged children (kindergarten and up) and mirrors the plan in place for District 35 schools in the fall.
Current state regulations also stipulate that individuals wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they cannot maintain a six-foot social distance. While the great majority of our programs are outside and set up to be socially distanced, masks should be worn when participants cannot be six feet apart and when they enter Park District facilities. Exceptions to this rule include children in preschool classes and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.
Below are answers to questions about mask use for children enrolled in our Summer Care program, indoor classes, outdoor sports classes, adult fitness classes, and more. Please check back frequently for updates.
Do adults need to wear a mask when dropping off their child in a car line?
No, unless they need to speak with a staff member/get out of their car and cannot maintain social distancing while doing so.
Do adults need a mask to pick up or drop off my child from a class or a program (not a car line)?
Yes. Parents need to wear a mask when walking up to a group.
Do kids need to have a mask on when being dropped off and picked up?
Yes, children should have masks at pick-up and drop offs.
What if a child forgets their mask?
We will have extra disposable masks on hand, but we do request this be a priority to check prior to coming to the Park District.
Does my child have to wear a mask if s/he is enrolled in a sports class held outside playing sports?
Current state guidelines do not require masks to be worn during their class, clinic, game, or program. Participants should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at pick-up, drop-off, during breaks from playing, and whenever they are not exercising or unable to maintain social distancing.
Specific activities may have different guidelines outlined by the DCEO.
Will the kids be able to take breaks to remove their masks?
Staff has planned for breaks for children in longer programs when they are outside and socially distant.
My child is in the Summer Care program. Do they need a mask? Do they have to wear it all day?
Children entering kindergarten and up need to wear a mask while indoors AND when they are outdoors and not able to be socially distant from one another.
How will you handle kids enrolled in Summer Care, Kids Clubs, and/or other classes who refuse to wear a mask or keep removing it?
They’ll gently reminded that the rule is in place for their safety. Staff will speak with a parent and outline consequences if this continues.
How many masks should my child bring with them every day?
We suggest two or three. Please bring them in a Ziplock bag with your child’s name on it.
Do children need to maintain social distancing when wearing a mask?
No, they both should be masked.
What about when my child eats or drinks inside?
Masks may come off to eat and drink from water bottles. Children are socially distanced from one another when eating and drinking.
Will teachers help kids put their masks on?
Staff plans to teach children how to put them on and take them off properly.
Do you recommend a certain type of mask?
Cloth or disposable masks are both fine. They should properly sized and cover both their nose and mouth.
What are some other examples of times when my child will need a mask?
Children enrolled in Summer Care or (another) indoor programs need to wear mask when they are transitioning to the bathroom or a different activity inside a Park District facility.
My child is a preschooler, do kids that age need a mask?
No, the policy is in place for children in kindergarten and older.
My child is enrolled in a preschool class for children ages 4-6. Do they need to wear a mask?
If it is a preschool class, they do not. If the class is a youth class, they do. Please check with the program manager in charge of your class for clarification.
I am an adult taking a fitness class. Do I need a mask?
Our classes are set-up to be socially distant; however, masks should be worn when going inside Takiff to use the facilities there, if you are not socially distant from other class members, or if you are walking to or from class and may encounter others in close quarters.
Do I need a mask to get into the Glencoe Fitness Center? What about when I’m exercising?
You need a mask to enter the building. You do not need one when exercising, as there are numerous safety protocols in place. Our Glencoe Fitness FAQs page outline all the changes.
Do I need a mask to use the Park District bathrooms when I’m taking a class?
Yes, a mask will be needed to enter Takiff. At Watts, bathrooms accessible to the public are single stalls and will not need a mask to use; however, Summer Care and Kids Club programs also use the bathroom inside the Watts building and need a mask to enter the building.
Are there exceptions to the mask policy?
Yes, children enrolled in preschool classes (and younger children) and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.