CLEVELAND — Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO/superintendent Eric Gordon announced Tuesday the district has extended its mask mandate through the month of October in order to keep children in classrooms while combating COVID-19.
"I am announcing that CMSD will extend our universal mask requirement at least through October. Students who struggled during a year of isolation and remote learning are back where they learn best, in classrooms, and we are going to do everything in our power to keep them there," Gordon said.
Currently, masks are required for all students, staff and visitors regardless of their vaccination status.
Gordon said masking and other measures have proven effective in keeping the virus out of the district's 90 campuses. So far this year, there has only been one case of COVID-19 transmission in the schools.
"Make no mistake, we are seeing a stream of cases that you can track using the dashboard on our website, ClevelandMetroSchools.org. But while the virus is spreading in our community, it is not spreading in our schools," Gordon said.
He continued, "Masks are not the only reason our strategy has been so effective. Social distancing, frequent sanitation, temperature checks, care clinics in each school, our COVID reporting hotline and swift notification of positive cases sent home by our dedicated nurses and principals all play roles."
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