Has your local school district released mask guidelines for the 2021-22 school year? Send it to HSloop@wkyc.com
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With Ohio Governor Mike DeWine reportedly slated to release updated COVID-19 for schools as cases once again rise in the Buckeye State, many parents are wondering whether or not their child’s school district is enforcing a mask mandate for the upcoming school year.
Below, we have compiled a list of several school districts in the area and the mask policies that they have made public as of July 2021.
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According to the school district’s 2021-22 health and safety plan, masks are not required but are recommended for anyone who may be at an elevated risk due to health concerns, as well as anyone who has not been vaccinated.
“The wearing of facial coverings (masks) for students, staff, and the public is voluntary, but is recommended for those who have elevated health risks or have not been vaccinated. If state or local health orders change during a time of elevated communicable disease community spread, the superintendent may require the correct use of facial coverings in accordance with Board Policy 8450.01.”
Chardon Local School District:
In a statement to parents and families, school officials announced on July 20 that masks will be recommended for unvaccinated individuals.
“Health officials recommend – but do not require – that unvaccinated individuals wear a mask. In Chardon Schools, wearing a mask will be a personal choice (optional) for students and staff based on individual comfort level in the school setting.”
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
CMSD CEO Eric Gordon made the announcement in a social media video posting on Monday evening. For the first five weeks of the school year, students, staff, and guests will be required to wear masks, whether they are vaccinated for COVID-19 or not.
This requirement will be in place unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides any new guidance for schools.
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As of July 25, Lorain City Schools says on its website that masks will not be required for fully vaccinated students and staff.
Parma City Schools announced in late June that it will lift the mask mandate for adults and children.
In a document posted on the district’s website, there are still plans in place to keep elementary school students who are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine socially distanced, where it is possible.
Rocky River School District
As of June 12, the school district states that masks are optional for all individuals.
“Effective June 12, 2021, RRCSD will suspend Board Policy 8454 and masks will be optional for all individuals. The district will continue with safety protocols in buildings, including air filtration, hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing.”
Strongsville City Schools
A 2021-22 health and safety plan released by the district says that face coverings will be “worn at the discretion of the individual on school property or school busses.”
Willoughby Eastlake School District
In a statement posted to the school district’s social media accounts, Superintendent Steve Thompson says that masks will be optional for the upcoming school year.
“Currently, masks are not required on campus & unless there are changes from the state or county, this will continue to be the policy. People are welcome to wear a mask, but it is not mandatory.”
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Has your local school district published mask guidelines for the 2021-22 schoolyear? Send them to HSloop@wkyc.com