Those ODE/ODH guidelines say only that “schools must establish a face mask policy,” and “strongly recommends” masks for student in third grade and up.
Both Kettering and Lebanon schools are now offering parents a chance to change their enrollment option, in case the new mask rule changes whether they want to physically send their children to school or do their education online.
Kettering schools are extending parents’ deadline to submit their return-to-school survey to July 29, “to give parents the chance to read through the FAQs and the new face-covering policy before making a decision.”
In Lebanon, student face coverings can be a mask, face shield or neck gaiter. The policy has no age-based exception for K-12 students, but says exceptions may be made for people who have trouble breathing, who are unable to remove the mask by themselves or who have received district approval.
Parents who would like to change their return-to-school option should visit the district’s website at lebanonschools.org, click the Reopening Fall 2020 link, and complete the “I Want to Change my Student’s Option” form.
“Students will be provided with opportunities to remove their face coverings throughout the day,” a new Lebanon schools statement said. “Opportunities to remove face coverings will include recess, lunch, outdoor instruction, and scheduled times throughout the day for teachers to take classes outside or to larger space areas in the school where students can distance.”