News - Update from Avon Lake City Schools--Mask Requirement Effective 1/3/22
December 30, 2021
Dear Avon Lake Community,
We hope you are enjoying the holidays and are doing well. As a reminder, we made a change to the school calendar for Monday, January 3, 2022 as a Professional Development Day for Staff. We will be returning to in-person instruction for all students PK-12 on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Our goal has been, and still is to provide in-person instruction for all students in as safe of an environment as possible. After consultation with numerous stakeholders and healthcare professionals, we are temporarily reinstituting a face mask requirement for all staff and students PK-12. Beginning on Monday, January 3, 2022 face masks must be worn inside all school buildings both during the day and at after school activities. Face masks may be removed during lunch time while eating or drinking, or while actively competing in an athletic event or practice. Face masks will also be required for anyone attending any after school event, performance or competition. This requirement will be in effect through Friday, January 28, 2022 at which time the face mask requirement will be re-evaluated. Current approved face mask exemptions will be honored.
We realize that there are many strong opinions on the issue of face masks. We are making this decision in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at school, to help protect our students and staff, and to be able to keep our schools open in-person. We continue to deal with staffing challenges due to absences and limited substitute availability. Although we hope we do not need to move any building or the district to remote status for a short period of time, we will be prepared to do so if staffing issues require it. Please be prepared in case any changes need to be made on a short notice.
We aare also adding additional guidelines to help our buildings operate in as optimal a way as possible to reduce transmission. A link to these guidelines is located here.
Thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its challenges.