UPDATE: DPS pivots, will not charge students in grades 7-12 for masks

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — UPDATE: Dayton Public Schools has pivoted and will not be charging students in grades 7-12 for masks if they don’t bring one to school.

The district has also removed the below post referencing this update from social media and its website. In an email with 2 NEWS reporter Caroline Morse, DPS confirmed that Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli is considering other options.

“Shortly after posting the statement about needing to charge for masks, the district got a call about PPE that would be coming from the state. Therefore, the statement was removed and the district will not move forward with charging students for masks,” the district said in a post to Facebook.

According to a spread sheet provided by DPS, the district will receive 14 cases of masks and 55 cases of gloves, which equals roughly 700 masks and 5,500 gloves.

The district said in an earlier statement that in just three weeks they have tripled the number of masks being provided compared to the last four months of the 2020-21 school year.

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — ORIGINAL: Dayton Public Schools will begin charging 50 cents per mask to students in grades 7-12 if they do not bring one with them to school.

DPS announced a mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors on Aug. 11 and have enforced the mandate since Aug. 18.

The district said in a statement that in just three weeks they have tripled the number of masks being provided compared to the last four months of the 2020-21 school year. District officials assert that buying masks uses money that should be used for other student materials and resources.

“Parents should supply either a reusable or disposable mask to students and remind them to bring the mask to school, just as they did last year,” said the district in a statement.

DPS will begin charging students in grades 7-12 for masks starting Sept. 13.

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