Masking is optional, but is strongly recommended. While students are not required to wear face masks or coverings, face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged by the Ohio Department of Health for children older than 2 years old while indoor at school or at crowded outdoor settings, except for individuals who cannot safely wear a mask. To be effective, face masks should cover the nose, mouth, and chin of the student and should be made of cloth. As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is ever-changing. Our masking policy will be consistently revisited. Masks may be required for a period of time in the event of a school COVID-19 outbreak or if the State, County, or Diocese deems them necessary.
As a Catholic community, our school strives to protect the needs and dignity of all of us as individuals as well as to live our call to love one another, to protect the vulnerable, and be mindful of the common good of those in our communities. Please keep this, and the following considerations in mind as you prayerfully discern whether to have your children wear face masks or coverings:
- There may be some children in your child’s class who may be more vulnerable or whose family has suffered from loss due to COVID-19. These families may feel as strongly about wearing masks as some feel about not wearing one. Respect for either parental choice on behalf of both parents and students is expected to be shown.
- Implement a broad perspective. Administrators and teachers reported very little concern on the part of the students last year regarding masks; they were very adaptable. Particularly during an uptick in cases in our community, the more loving thing to do may be to wear a mask.
- Whatever your decision, please speak with your children about your expectations that they are respectful of their other classmates, regardless of the mask choice of the family.
- Per Summit County Public Health, quarantine procedures for schools (3 feet of distance and masked to stay in school) still applies this school year.
(Updated August 11, 2021)