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Kids were in masks in Worthington Kilbourne High School when the district reopened for in-person learning in March 2021. All K-12 students and staff in the district are required to wear masks after a mandate went into effect August 25, a week after school started for the year.

Key Lawmaker Says A Mask Mandate For All Ohio Schools Wouldn’t Stand

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Children’s hospitals say they’re worried about rising cases of COVID in kids, with nearly half of all Ohio students not required to wear masks in schools. But that’s unlikely to change unless local officials make decisions to do that. There won’t be a statewide mask mandate for Ohio schools,… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

New Bill Would Ban Or Limit Mask Mandates In Ohio’s Schools And Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s COVID-19 rates are on an upward trend, and less than half of the state’s residents have been vaccinated. Still, some lawmakers want to make sure Ohioans who don’t want to get vaccinated or don’t want to wear masks won’t feel compelled to do so. The latest bill would keep schools… Read More

Mask Policy Stirs Animated Discussion At Alexander School Board Meeting

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ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) — The Alexander Local Board of Education was forced to balance the interests of its constituency against federal health recommendations Monday night when a passionate dialogue on mask mandates emerged at a special meeting.  The district is one of many across the nation seeking reasonable coronavirus prevention following widespread vaccination efforts. When… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Ohio Ending Mask Mandate For Vaccinated People Along With Compliance Enforcement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a move to conform Ohio health orders with federal guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced people in Ohio will no longer need to wear masks except for certain situations. The new health order will allow people to stop wearing masks as long as they have received the COVID-19 vaccine…. Read More