OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — A mask requirement is now in effect at the Olmsted Falls School District.
In a letter sent to district families earlier this week, Superintendent Jim Lloyd announced that due to reports of cases at several schools, a mask mandate is in effect regardless of vaccination status. Lloyd says the decision will be reevaluated on Friday, September 17.
"This conclusion was not easy and it isn't something that I want to do," Lloyd explained. "It must be done at this time."
Lloyd pointed to data indicating that the COVID-19 case rate in the 44138 area code (where the district is located) is now at 236.8 per 100,000, which is higher than the rate for Cuyahoga County. He added that after just two days of classes, two schools in the district were reporting cases of COVID-19. There were also instances of students testing positive prior to coming to school, plus others who were awaiting results.
"I understand that there are likely many disappointed, and perhaps angry, students and parents. I can certainly empathize, however I want to reiterate that I hope this requirement will be temporary and want to assure you it will be reevaluated," Lloyd added.
You can read Superintendent Lloyd's letter below:
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