Ohio Department of Health officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks in school but will not require them


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The 2020-21 school year was a little odd for teachers and students as they were required to wear masks throughout the year in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Entering the school year this fall, a sense of normalcy will be restored to the classroom as the mask mandate is lifted. Although masks won’t be required by state officials, the Ohio Department of Health is strongly recommending unvaccinated students, teachers and staff continue to wear masks this fall.

“We strongly recommend vaccinations for staff and eligible students,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said Monday. “We strongly recommend those who are un-vaccinated consistently wear masks.”

Covid-19 vaccines have been authorized for children ages 12 and up.

As the Covid delta variant continues to rise, Ohio could see a change in guidelines once again, but Governor Mike DeWine has remained adamant that he will not issue another mask mandate.

“What I can say is the Ohio Department of Health has given this issue very serious consideration,” Vanderhoff said. “We are offering strong recommendations for the steps that we are confident will keep our children and communities safe.”

Columbus City Schools and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced they will require students to wear masks this fall.