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Guidance on masking and school

Akron Children’s Hospital agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics in recommending the universal use of face masks by teachers, staff and students while in school. Our goal is for all children to safely remain in school and in person.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the highly contagious delta variant has caused the number of pediatric patients to rise, especially in areas where vaccination rates are low. Children’s hospitals across Ohio have all seen a rise in children requiring hospitalization, including those requiring intensive care.

While each school district decides the best way to safeguard its students, it must be stressed that masks are highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, even in districts that choose not to mandate masks, parents should still be encouraged to send their children to school with masks regardless of the child’s vaccine status.

Wearing a mask, together with social distancing and handwashing, is a key part in keeping students and staff safe. This protective step can mean the difference in a student remaining in-person at school or having to spend time in quarantining or isolation.

Akron Children’s Hospital also strongly recommends all who are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine do so as soon as possible. Though not foolproof, the COVID-19 vaccinations are still the single most effective tool we have in fighting this virus.  Akron Children’s Hospital vaccine appointments can be made at https://www.akronchildrens.org/vaccine