Aug 13, 2021

Updated Mask Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Aug 13, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff,

District administrators and I have been observing the COVID-19 transmission and testing rates in both Franklin and Fairfield counties. The case and testing numbers are increasing daily, prompting us to reconsider our district masking policy. 

Per Board Policy 8540.01 the Superintendent may require all school staff, volunteers and visitors to wear appropriate face masks/coverings on school grounds.

Effective August 16, 2021, PLSD will follow the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance for face mask use in our district. All K-6th grade students will be required to wear a mask indoors during the school day. They may remove their mask while eating and during recess. Students in grades 7-12 are welcomed and strongly encouraged to wear masks during the school day to decrease the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. 

All students will be required to wear masks while using school transportation at all times. This is mandated per the CDC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directive (SD) 1582/84-21-01. This directive includes students using school transportation for sporting events or extracurricular activities. 

Masks are welcomed and strongly recommended for teachers and staff, and are required for teachers and staff who are unvaccinated.

Please review the updated quarantine information for the 2021-2022 school year. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/covid-19-fact-sheet-k-12-exposure-and-quarantine-flow-chart.pdf.

I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we address our shared concerns for the health and well-being of our students, teachers, staff, and families.

See you in the schools,

Dr. Chris M. Briggs

Superintendent of Schools