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Some Summit County School Districts Move to Requiring Masks, While Others Keep Them Optional

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The policies in place for masking vary among school districts, but a government or health department requirement for masking could persuade some districts to require masking once again. Copley-Fairlawn Assistant Superintendent Brian Williams says his district is one of those that would comply with a masking mandate, if one were to be issued.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Ohio, some school districts including Hudson, changed course from strongly recommending to requiring masks. But others, such as Copley-Fairlawn and Revere, are sticking with only recommending them.

Copley-Fairlawn Assistant Superintendent Brian Williams thinks the school district will be able to keep students safe without a mask mandate, because of its ability to maintain 6 feet between students. But he says a mask mandate from the governor or health department would cause them to reconsider.

Williams: government mask mandate could change district's policy

“So certainly, if there were a mandate that had come from either the local health director, the governor or the state health director mandating masks in schools, that is definitely something—as we’ve done for 18 months—that we would follow the mandate as directed by the health professionals,” Williams said.

But a law that took effect this summer makes a mask mandate for schools unlikely. Under it, the state legislature has the power to overturn the governor’s health orders, and local health departments can’t impose orders.

A group called Revere Parents for Commonsense Masking Policy is calling for that district to require masks, but at a meeting this week, the school board decided not to change its COVID-19 policies.

Below is a list and a map of the mask policies in Summit County School districts.

Akron City School District

  • Masks required

Barberton City School District

  • Masks optional

Copley-Fairlawn City School District

  • Masks strongly recommended

Coventry School District

  • Masks optional

Cuyahoga Falls School District

  • Masks optional

Green Local School District

  • Masks recommended

Hudson City School District

  • Masks required

Manchester Local School District

  • Masks optional
  • May be required if cases climb

Mogadore Local School District

  • Masks recommended

Nordonia Hills City School District

  • Masks required

Norton City School District

  • Masks optional

Revere Local School District

  • Masks recommended

Springfield Local School District

  • Masks required unless medical provider says otherwise

Stow-Monroe Falls City School District

  • Masks recommended

Tallmadge City School District

  • Masks optional but recommended for unvaccinated students

Twinsburg City School District

  • Required for students under 12 years old
  • Optional for those older

Woodridge Local School District

  • Masks optional
Updated: August 26, 2021 at 10:36 AM EDT
Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media.
Rachel Gross is a senior journalism major in the Kent State School of Media and Journalism and will be graduating Fall 2021. She is the current general manager of the student-run TV station on Kent State’s campus, TV2, and has covered major political events for the station such as the Presidential Debate in Cleveland. With her minor being in political science, she hopes to work in the political news field after graduation.