SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW) – The Sandusky City School District has announced that Sandusky High School and Middle School will return to face to face instruction on Tuesday.
In a video posted on the district’s website, CEO/Superintendent Dr. Eugene Sanders told students and parents, “we want to do everything in our power to insure that we stay in school, we want to be in school, in person, five days a week.”
The superintendent says teachers and all other school employees will be required to wear a mask while inside district buildings. Students will not be required to wear a mask, but the district says it is highly recommended.
“It’s not mandatory at this point, but if we make this effort with our faculty and staff, we hopeful that can stem the tide and really make a difference in terms of having quarantine concerns, limiting students access to schools, and extracurricular activities,” said Dr. Sanders.
A number of Sandusky student-athletes practicing at the high school on Labor Day told FOX 8 that they do plan to wear face covers starting on Tuesday, even though it is not mandatory.
“I will be wearing a mask because I’m not vaccinated, so I want to keep everybody else safe, but it is very hot so I understand if people don’t wear the mask,” said student-athlete Maleah Clinton.
Senior Aubri Evans told us, “I’m going to be wearing a mask because I’m also on the volleyball team and I don’t want to see our season to get cancelled in my senior year.”
According to Senior Kamara Fayson: “I will be wearing a mask because I’m not vaccinated so I want to keep myself safe and others safe.”
But some families in Sandusky are questioning the wisdom of the new mask policy, claiming it sends a mixed message about the virus and how it’s transmitted. On the district’s Facebook page, one parent wrote, “why are we delaying the inevitable of requiring masks for students as well?”
And another parent posted, “I wonder how students stay safe eating in the cafeteria with no masks.”
Sandusky Senior Sydney Downing told FOX 8, “it is a little bit confusing, why students aren’t mandated to wear a mask and teachers are, because it’s just going to help when they’re all healthy wearing a mask.”
However, some students believe the new policy makes sense to a limited degree.
“I think that the teachers should have to wear one because we are limited on teachers, students can always learn on-line but our teachers, if we want to stay in school, they all have to be healthy too,” said Maleah Clinton.
What is most important to many students is making sure that the pandemic does not ruin another school year.
“It’s kind of upsetting because you don’t know what’s happening next, this is our senior year, because we want to do everything for our senior year, like we want to have pep rallies, homecoming and prom, so it’s kind of iffy, what’s going to happen next,” said Aubri Evans.
In the video statement released by the district, the superintendent cautioned that the mask policy could quickly change, if there is a spike in COVID cases.