Indoor Mask Requirement

Dear Tallmadge Families:

The primary goal of the TCS Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan 2021-2022 is to provide an
optimal learning experience through in-person, 5 days per week instruction. On August 31, a
policy was enacted requiring all students and staff in grades K-12 to wear facial coverings inside
school buildings whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

Given continuing high case rates within Tallmadge City Schools and Summit County, the
indoor mask requirement will continue for 4 more weeks until October 25, 2021 at which time
the conditions will be re-evaluated.

Positive cases at Tallmadge City Schools continue to be high. With 10 new student cases this
week, the District now has 62 cases for the school year. For comparison, Tallmadge City Schools
had a total of 86 student cases all last school year. Positivity rates across Summit County have
also increased over the past 4 weeks.

The masking requirement has substantially reduced the number of students who need to
quarantine when a positive case occurs in the buildings. By avoiding quarantines, we avoid the
necessity of keeping students out-of-school for up to 10 days.

Thank you for your continuing support of this difficult decision. We are striving to keep students
in-person 5 days per week and believe this is the best approach given the circumstances.

Sincerely,
Steve Wood
Superintendent
Tallmadge City Schools

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