BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman Schools announced Monday they are beefing up their mask policy for the upcoming school year.
It is now mandatory for all students and staff to wear a mask in all school buildings. The policy is effective on the first day of class, which is Monday, Aug. 30.
All visitors to the building will also have to be masked.
School officials said the upgraded policy to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and limit quarantines.
“One thing we experienced last year was the large number of students who had to quarantine,” Saxton said. “With the new guidance that came out, if a student is vaccinated or a student is masked, they do not have to quarantine.”
Saxton says approximately 60% of their students are 11 or younger, meaning they’re too young to get the vaccine. That’s about 2,500 students.
According to school officials, 40% of children 12 years old and up in Ohio are vaccinated. They estimate Boardman Schools is on par with the statewide statistic.
There is no mask requirement outdoors.
The district will monitor and evaluate the policy for the first 20 school days and revisit their decision near the end of September.
“There are a lot of unknowns. The impact of the Delta variant on Boardman Schools in this community and Valley is unknown,” Saxton said.