Boone County Schools won’t require students, staff to wear masks inside school

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:11 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - Boone County Schools will not mandate masks for students or staff inside its buildings when the school year begins Aug. 18.

Masks will not be required but are recommended, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status, Superintendent Matthew Turner said.

Whether to wear a mask or not inside the school will be up to the family and student.

“We will support students and staff that choose to wear a mask and will not tolerate shaming or harassment of anyone, as we must respect their choice,” Turner said.

The CDC recommends that students, who are not vaccinated, should continue to wear a mask during the school day.

All students and staff will be required to wear masks while on the school bus, Turner said.

The Boone County Board of Education says it reserves the right to revisit the mask decision, “based on the level of COVID infections in our schools and community.”

The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education has yet to decide whether it will require masks in the fall.

CPS Board members say the mask issue will come up at their August meeting.

The Columbus City Schools announced Thursday that students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside buildings and on school buses for the start of the fall semester.

A bill introduced last week in the Ohio Senate would ban the state’s public schools and colleges from mandating masks for students and faculty. It has yet to be acted upon.

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