Columbus City Schools Requiring Masks for All Students, Teachers, Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus City Schools will require all students, teachers, staff, and visitors to wear a mask inside school buildings, and on all school buses, when classes resume next month.

The district says it consulted with Columbus Public Health before setting out the rules, and applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

There are a few exceptions for the rule, including children under age 2, any child unable to remove their mask without assistance, students with a significant behavioral or psychological issues exacerbated by the use of a face covering, or children with severe autism.

The district added 3-feet social distancing will be maintained when practical, water fountains will not be used, and school visitors will be restricted to parents and guardians.

Governor Mike DeWine says public schools can make their own decisions regarding mask requirement.

Classes at CCS for the 2021-2022 school year begin August 26th.

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