Indoor Mask Requirement

30 August 2021

The Tallmadge City School District is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for our  students and staff. The district closely monitors the COVID-19 variants and the case spread in 44278 as well as in neighboring communities and throughout the state.  We strive daily to balance health concerns  with an optimal student experience.

The primary goal of our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan for the 2021-2022 school year is to  provide an optimal learning experience through in-person, five-days per-week instruction. Given the current rapid and aggressive rise in case spread within the district, it is clear that we must move to the next level of mitigation.  Beginning Tuesday, August 31, all students and staff in grades K-12 are required  to have facial coverings inside school buildings whenever a 6 foot physical distance cannot be maintained.  This indoor mask requirement will be for 4 weeks.  Visitors to any school buildings will also be required to wear face masks. This is in addition to the federal mandate requiring all passengers to wear facial coverings on public transportation, including school buses.

11 new cases occurred this past weekend bringing the District total to  22  for the school year. This has resulted in more than 50 students currently in quarantine with each having to miss up to 10 days of in-person learning. We are implementing this masking requirement to stay ahead of these rapidly changing circumstances and to help keep students safely in the classroom for in-person learning.

The Ohio Department of Health has identified masking and vaccination as effective layers of protection against quarantine resulting from exposure by a close contact.  Masking our students and staff will add protection against this spread. The district strongly encourages all students and staff who are eligible and  in good health to get vaccinated. During the week of September 20, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations will  once again be offered through Akron Children’s Hospital to students and staff who wish to participate.  Please see the Vaccination Opportunity page on our website for more information.

The indoor mask requirement will expire on September 27, at which time the circumstances will be reevaluated.  We ask for your cooperation as we move to this level of prevention.

We are hopeful that these additional measures will keep our kids safely in school. 

Steve Wood

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