Starting March 8, students and staff at Columbus City schools will not be required to wear masks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus City schools, announced Thursday, will be optional in buildings and buses for students, staff and visitors from next week.

According to the release of school officials on Thursday, the mandate for masks in the district will be canceled from March 8.

Columbus is one of the last schools to abolish the mask requirement. Other school districts, such as Hilliard, Reynoldsburg, Worthington and others, have made changes over the past month.

The announcement came after Columbus Public Health recommended repealing the city’s mask mandate in line with recently updated guidelines Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guide recommends that most healthy Americans, including schoolchildren, no longer wear masks. Masks are also no longer needed in school buses, but areas are still allowed to impose a requirement.

In a release, CCS announced it would continue to follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines for COVID-19.

Students and staff with a positive test will be isolated for five days and may return to the building by wearing a mask for another five days if symptoms are approved.

If a person cannot wear a mask, he should be isolated for 10 days.

The school district encourages anyone who has not been vaccinated or reinforced against COVID-19 if they are eligible to do so as soon as possible

Superintendent and CEO Dr. Talis Dixon said the decision to lift the mandate on the mask was not easy. She added:

“Throughout the pandemic, our priorities have been the health and safety of our students and staff. We will continue to follow our many other mitigation strategies and health protocols, allowing our families and staff to make the best choices for themselves when it comes to camouflage. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and consult with our health experts to determine if we need to renew the mandate for the mask in the future. ”

The full statement of the district can be read here.

Mayor Andrew Ginter tweeted in support of the district’s decision to lift the mask mandate.

“We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am proud of CCS for making challenging decisions for our children along the way,” he said.

Columbus City Council is expected on Monday to cancel the city’s mandate for masks for closed public places. Ginter is also expected to repeal the order, which was issued in September 2021.

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