Effective Monday, March 14, 2022

Akron Public Schools to Make Masks Optional
Posted on 03/11/2022
Image of APS LogoAkron Public Schools will make face masks optional starting Monday, March 14. This applies to all students, staff and visitors to its buildings, buses and vans. Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack does, however, want those who remain at high risk for severe illness to consider continuing to wear face coverings indoors and in large gatherings.

In a letter to families and staff, the superintendent said, “Infection rates are low, partly because APS has maintained strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols since the onset of the virus two years ago. In addition, we have made significant progress in encouraging students and staff to be vaccinated.”

Business Affairs Manager and COVID response coordinator Debra Foulk said that to keep the numbers low, APS will maintain its stringent disinfection protocols that have been successful in keeping classrooms, buildings, buses and vans clean and safe. APS will also ensure the continuing availability of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

"APS will follow the advice of the CDC in lifting our mandatory mask requirement," said APS Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack. "We recognize, however, that as long as the threat of infection still exists, students and the most vulnerable among us are advised to continue wearing masks, and all of us should keep them at hand."

Please click here to read the letter sent to APS families today >>.
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