MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Schools students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks at least through the end of September, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.
A letter to parents is shared below:
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, Mansfield City Schools (MCS) will update their mask policy as a requirement for all students, staff and visitors. According to Ohio Department of Health (ODH), as of Aug. 31, Richland County is ranked 10th out of Ohio’s 88 counties for infection rates.
Earlier this week, MCS had an increase in “absences due to illness” for three consecutive days, in five out of eight school buildings.
“Our ultimate goal is to keep learning in the building,” said Superintendent Stan Jefferson.
MCS’ mask requirement will extend at least through the end of September. The district will continue to monitor the data around COVID-19 and its variants and keep abreast of guidelines from Richland Public Health, ODH and the CDC.
MCS encourages everyone to follow the recommendations of the ODH that include vaccinations for those that are eligible, wearing masks, frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and staying home if you are not feeling well.