Mask Policy Communication

November 1, 2021 
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Kirtland Local Schools
Mask Policy Communication

Hello Kirtland Families,

We started the school year recommending mask wearing to align with the recommendations of the CDC, ODH and our local health department, but masks were not mandated at the time.  As transmission increased in our area and within the school district, the decision was made to mandate them.  We stated that we would look to remove the mandate when the situation was safer for our students and staff.  

With emergency use of the vaccination being granted by the FDA to students under the age of 12, the shots are expected to become available as soon as this week (pending CDC approval).  The vaccine is administered as a two dose series. The second dose is administered three weeks after the first. 

We have listened to the safety concerns of families of those with 5-11 year olds that did not have the chance to have their children vaccinated when masks were not mandated and transmission picked up.  With transmission decreasing in the state, along with the opportunity now for all students K-12 to be vaccinated, as well as our staff having the opportunity for the booster shot, I will be recommending to the Board of Education to remove the mask mandate in early January.  Discussion will continue to take place with our health department on the best timeline following the winter/holiday breaks when people travel and get together. I am providing this projected timeline because it allows those that want their child to receive the vaccination to receive the two doses, and have the necessary time after the second shot to be considered “fully vaccinated.”  We also will continue to monitor transmission through the holidays, as last year we saw some spikes in November and after winter break.

I am putting out this notice to families at this time in preparation for those that want to get their child(ren) vaccinated.  My intentions are to recommend to the Board of Education to remove the mask mandate in January.  At that time, masks will still be recommended but will not be mandatory.  I do put a disclaimer on this email that if transmission in our area is at a high level, or there is some other unforeseen circumstance, we will delay removal of the mask mandate.  One of our most important goals is to keep our students and staff safe while providing in-person learning.  We also want to provide the greatest sense of normalcy with a high-quality education for our students.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at [email protected]kirtlandschools.org.

Take care,

Chad VanArnhem

 
 

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