The Ohio Department of Health released updated recommendations for K-12 schools strongly recommending COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and eligible students, consistent mask-wearing for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, and layering prevention measures that include good ventilation and healthy hygiene practices such as washing hands and staying home when sick..
The Ohio Department of Health also strongly recommended that those who are not fully vaccinated consistently wear masks.
During a press conference on Monday, July 26, the Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer explained, “While there are no mandates associated with this guidance, we believe that the recommendations we are issuing are essential to the health of Ohio’s youth and the success of the coming school year. The safety of Ohio’s children is paramount, and the preventive measures that schools take will help protect Ohio’s students.”
Governor DeWine also went on record, stating that "We leave it up to the local schools, 600 and some local schools, we leave it up to them. We had great success last winter, last school year, we saw virtually no spread in the classroom when all the kids were wearing masks. So we recommend, strong recommendation, that they do that".