Ontario Local Schools have been experiencing an elevated level of student COVID cases this year. To put our current situation into context, during the 2020-2021 school year we experienced 61 positive student cases, at the end of the day on Monday, August 30th we had already experienced 46 positive student cases this year.
Throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic Ontario Local Schools have been at forefront of keeping students in school and doing all that we can to offer the best education possible to our students. Last year we committed to opening on time, and providing in-person learning opportunities to our students. When many other schools delayed opening or went to hybrid models we pushed forward and provided in-person opportunities for all students. At our very core we want our students to be in their classrooms learning from our amazing teachers. While we are doing all that we can to aggressively pursue normalcy, and in-person learning for our students, we must also ensure that we are balancing that goal with what our data, and the medical experts are telling us.
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID, and to keep our students in school, Ontario Local Schools will be temporarily requiring all students and staff members to wear a mask while at school.
This temporary mask requirement will begin on Wednesday, September 1st.
We will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation during the month of September and adjust accordingly based on the prevalence of COVID within our student body and local community.
This temporary mask requirement will apply to all indoor school day settings only. Outdoor venues and extra curricular activities will not have a masking requirement at this time.
We remain committed to providing a high quality in-person learning environment for our students this year. This temporary masking requirement will allow us to continue pursuing that goal.
It is our sincere hope that the COVID-19 numbers in our schools and our community decline quickly and that we can return to normal as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and for your cooperation.
Brighter Days Ahead!