Mask policies for Tri-State schools

Several districts are letting the individual person decide.
Several districts are letting the individual person decide.(Kaylie Crowe)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 12:37 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 11:39 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Tri-State school districts and universities are rolling out their plans about whether or not they will require students and staff to wear masks when they return to the classroom.


The Ohio Department of Health is recommending mask-wearing for those unvaccinated.

Cincinnati Public Schools - The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to require masks indoors for the start of the 2021-22 school year. The policy applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated students. Masks will not be required outdoors.

Cincinnati State - Masks are required indoors and in parking garages regardless of vaccination status.

Edgewood City Schools - Beginning Sept. 9, all students and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while at school, regardless of vaccination status. The school board will re-evaluate the requirement on Sept. 27.

Fairfield City Schools - School district strongly recommends that all students and staff wear masks regardless of vaccination status while indoors. Masks must be worn while riding the bus per federal mandate regarding facial coverings on public transportation.

Forest Hills School District - Elementary students will have to wear a mask when in instructional settings but they will be optional in hallways, restrooms, recess and other non-instructional settings. For the first two weeks of school, masks will be strongly encouraged - but not required - for middle and high school students.

Hamilton City Schools - Starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, all district students and employees will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Indian Hill - Indoor mask mandate for all students and staff until at least Sept. 14.

Kings Local School District - Masks are required for Pre-K through 6th-grade students.

Lakota Local School District - Masks are required for all students and staff while inside school buildings.

Lebanon City Schools - (UPDATED 8/31) Students will be required to wear a mask on Aug. 31. Students will then go on a break and won’t be in school. When students return from their break on Sept. 7, a three-week mask mandate will be in effect.

Lockland Local Schools - Universal masking for students and staff.

Loveland City Schools - Students in grades PreK-6 will be required to wear a mask indoors. Students in grades 7-12 will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask, but parental choice will remain in effect. Staff will be masking PreK-12.

Madeira City Schools - The district strongly recommends unvaccinated students and staff wear a mask while indoors.

Mariemont City Schools - Masks are required for elementary school students inside school facilities during the school day. Junior high and high school students who aren’t vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while inside school facilities.

Mason City Schools (UPDATED 8/16) - PreK - 6th grade students will be required to wear masks indoors while at school. Strongly recommended that middle and high school students wear masks while indoors, particularly for those who are unvaccinated.

Miami University - Miami will require face coverings indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Middletown City Schools (UPDATED 8/16) - Masks are required for all students and staff while inside school buildings.

Monroe Local Schools - Masks for students and staff starting Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Mt. Healthy City Schools - Masks will be required for all students Pre-K through 12th grade as well as staff. Masks will be required on school buses. They will also be required for all sporting events and extracurricular activities.

Northwest Local School District - Masks are required for students and staff as of Sept. 1. The district began the school year with an optional mask policy.

Oak Hills School District - Board of Education says it’s up to parents.

Princeton School District - Universal masking is required for students PreK-12th grade as well as staff, visitors and volunteers in all school buildings and indoor activities.

University of Cincinnati - Masks are being required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status. While outside, unvaccinated people will have to wear a mask if proper social distancing cannot be maintained.

Wyoming City Schools - Masking will be required for all students, staff members, and visitors inside school buildings.

Xavier University - Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, has to wear a mask or face covering indoor campus buildings effective Monday, Aug. 9.


A Kentucky Board of Education mask order is in effect for public schools in Kentucky. According to the KBE regulation, everyone inside a public school facility must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while students are present in the facility.

Children under the age of 2, and any person with a disability or physical or mental impairment that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering, are exempt from the regulation. There also are some additional groups and circumstances exempt from the mask requirement under the regulation.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Aug. 23 rescinded an order for universal masking in all Kentucky schools, public and private, after the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a ruling against him.

Catholic Diocese of Covington schools - Masks will be required starting Sept. 7.

Northern Kentucky University - Masks are required while inside campus buildings.


Franklin County Community Schools - Masks are required on the bus regardless of vaccination status. Masks are highly recommended for unvaccinated students and staff while inside school buildings.

Lawrenceburg Community Schools - (UPDATED 8/20) Mask required for everyone regardless of vaccination status beginning Monday, August 23, 2021. This will apply to all indoor activities (curricular and extra-curricular) when social distancing of three feet is not possible.

Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools - Masks are no longer required inside a school building or bus.

This story will be updated as more districts announce their decisions for the 2021-22 school year.

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