Masks are back, starting immediately

Masks are back, starting immediately

Ari Collins
eSomethin’ staff

Students in Perrysburg began the school year just last week, finally attending school full-time and in person after a hectic year of either hybrid or virtual learning. 

From the start of last year, masks were required for all students and staff members who would be attending school in person in Perrysburg. In hopes to return to normal, Perrysburg decided to take a different approach to begin this school year—facial coverings were not required, although recommended, to attend school in person.

The initial plan for the 2021-2022 school year said that, “Perrysburg Schools strongly recommends that those who are unvaccinated wear masks while in school.”

Despite the changes that were made in hopes to create a normal year, the district has already met a challenge. As classwork begins to pile, the confirmed and potential cases of COVID-19 seem to follow suit.  

Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler reported that on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, just four days into the school year, 16 students throughout the district had tested positive for COVID-19. According to Hosler’s update, in which he compared the current data to last year, the district didn’t see this many positive-testing students until further into the school year.

After some form of contact with the virus, 81 Perrysburg students have been sent home to be quarantined. Last year, the district reached this number after four weeks of school.

The district is already seeing numbers rise like they did last year and school has only been in session for a week.

In response to this rising issue, it has been decided that students, teachers and all faculty members must wear masks to school starting immediately.

The updated guidelines explain that masks are now required for all indoor gatherings. However, they are not required, only recommended, for outdoor activities. 

Any and all new information regarding masks and other safety regulations can be found here.

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