Local school districts announce mask guidelines for 2021-2022 school year

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – School districts in the Miami Valley recently announced their updated mask policies for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

On Tuesday, July 27, the Ohio Department of Health released COVID-19 recommendations for schools. The department said unvaccinated people should wear masks and recommended COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and eligible students.

Centerville City Schools

The Centerville Board of Education voted to get rid of the district’s face covering policy.

When students return to the classroom, masks will be optional. However, the school board said it strongly encourages those who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing one while inside.

Masks are still required for all students and staff, vaccinated or not, while on school transportation. The district said it is still reviewing guidance on close contact quarantining.

Dayton Public Schools

The district said that beginning August 12, all staff, students and visitors to any district building will be required to wear a mask. 

Oakwood City Schools

The district said students and staff at the elementary schools will be required to wear masks in school buildings and school vehicles, due to the unavailability of vaccines for the age group. Six weeks after the availability of vaccines for children under 12 years of age, mask wearing will be highly recommended, but not required.

At the junior high school and high school, mask wearing will be highly recommended, but not required, in school buildings.

People taking part in outside activities and events are not required to wear masks as long as social distancing is maintained as much as possible. Clubs and co-curricular activities will follow each building’s and/or advisor’s guidance.

Students of all ages and all staff members will be required to wear masks while being transported in school vehicles as required by federal order.

Adults interacting with other adults on school premises are highly encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. If in the presence of students required by the District to wear masks, adults will be required to wear masks while in buildings and school vehicles.

If “close contact” exposure occurred in the classroom, parties will be required to quarantine for 10 days.  If “close contact” exposure occurs with a person living in your home or while participating in sports or other extra curricular activities, a 14-day quarantine is required.

Tipp City Schools

The district said face coverings will not be required for students or teachers unless they are mandated by local, state, or federal authorities. Staff and students are not required to be vaccinated. The school said if parents, students, or teachers want to wear face coverings or get vaccinated, they are able to do so.

West Carrollton Schools

The district said on Facebook that facial coverings will be optional for PreK-12 students in school buildings. Parents will make the determination if they would like their child(ren) to wear a facial covering while at school. Staff and visitors may choose to wear a facial covering.

While the school is no longer requiring facial coverings, they suggest that parents and staff take the CDC recommendations into consideration, which recommends unvaccinated people to continue to wear a facial covering.

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