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Avon Lake City Schools to end mask requirement in all district buildings

The mask mandate will still be in effect on school buses.

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Editor's Note: The above video features previous reporting on Avon Lake's mask mandate

With COVID-19 case numbers starting to decline, one area school district has decided to end its mask mandate.

In a letter to district students and parents, Avon Lake Superintendent Bob Scott says the mask mandate in all school buildings will be lifted after this Friday, January 28. Students and staff are still highly recommended to wear masks while in the buildings, but will not be required to wear them starting Monday, January 31.

Scott says the mask requirement will still be in effect while on school buses. It is also recommended that spectators and coaches wear masks at athletic events. All other COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures will remain in place.  

 "After several weeks of high numbers, our local data continues to be on a downward trend. The changes in guidelines from Lorain County Public Health have allowed us to keep more staff and students in school.  We will continue to closely monitor these guidelines and will make adjustments accordingly if needed," Scott wrote.

Avon Lake City Schools brought back its mask mandate on December 30, citing a high number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff. 3News' Isabel Lawrence reported in early January that some parents were raising money in a GoFundMe for potential legal action against the district in an effort to stop the mandate. 

"We continue to focus on keeping our students in school through in-person learning. We appreciate all of your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.  Working together we will continue to offer the educational opportunities that students need for success," Scott added in his letter announcing the removal of the mask mandate.   

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