Cleveland schools mandating masks for all students, staff


CLEVELAND (WJW) — Cleveland Metropolitan School District Superintendent/CEO Eric Gordon announced on Monday that masks will be required indoors for students, staff and guests whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated for the first 5 weeks of the 2021-2022 school year.

In a YouTube video, Gordon said classes will be in-person five days a week, with virtual courses still available for families who want that enrollment option instead.

He said the decision to require masks is based on the Centers for Disease Control updated guidance for schools, which recommends that all unvaccinated students and adults wear masks, while also considering, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s signing of House Bill 244 requiring the equal treatment of anyone who’s vaccinated or unvaccinated.

CMSD will also keep the 3-foot social distancing recommendations and use the touchless thermometers, Gordon said.

Most students are no longer required to wear uniforms and Gordon says more information about that will be released soon.

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