Contact: Ross Local School District
Date: May 27, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASK MANDATE LIFTED BEGINNING JUNE 2ND
HAMILTON, OH - In accordance with Governor Mike Dewine’s announcement that COVID-related health orders will end in Ohio on June 2, 2021, the Ross Local School District will be lifting the district mask mandate and social distancing requirements for students and staff. While mask wearing will no longer be required or enforced, students and staff are permitted to wear a mask for as long as the individual feels it is necessary.
When asked about the change in the mask mandate, Board President Sean Van Winkle said, “We have been vigilant with the CDC’s and Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines from the very beginning. That consistency paid off as evidenced by making it through an entire school year without having to close our doors. Now it is time to offer our students a more typical school experience without the masks and social distancing.”
The district intends to open its doors for the 2021/2022 school year with all students attending in-person. Remote learning will not be offered as an option for students. “Remote learning was a good option given the circumstances that we found ourselves in with the pandemic. However, an in-person learning environment is best for students’ academic successes as well as their social-emotional well-being,” said Becky Tompkins, Curriculum Director. “We are so excited to begin a new school year with all of our students back for in-person learning.”
“While all of this is good news, the district will continue to monitor the situation and follow any additional guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC. Student safety will always be our top priority,” said Superintendent, Dr. Chad Konkle.
Parents who have additional questions regarding masks or in-person learning are urged to contact their child’s school.