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Patch.com, By Chris Mosby, Posted August 25th 2021
Here are the school districts that will require masks, will recommend them and will consider mask rules in the future.
The Ohio Department of Health recommends all students wear masks while in classrooms, but state officials have left the ultimate decision on masking up to individual school districts.
As the delta variant spurs a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, many officials are urging schools to implement mask policies. Public schools were barred from mandating eligible students or staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine by the Ohio General Assembly, though districts can still implement their own mask policies.
With many school systems preparing for the first day of school, Patch is looking at what many school districts have planned for this year.
Districts Requiring Masks
Mask policies vary by district, with some only requiring students of certain grade levels to mask up, and others vowing to review masking guidelines after a few weeks of school. Here’s who will have some of form of mandatory masking policy in-place when the school year begins.
- Akron Public Schools
- Bay Village Schools
- Beachwood Schools
- Chagrin Falls Schools (for students in kindergarten through sixth grade)
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools
- East Cleveland Schools
- Garfield Heights Schools
- Lakewood City Schools
- Mentor Schools
- Rocky River Schools (for students in kindergarten through fifth grade)
- Shaker Heights City Schools
- Solon Schools (for students in preschool through sixth grade)
- Westlake City Schools
Some of these school districts strongly recommend students wear masks, but no mandatory mask policies will be in place to start the school year.