Gov. Mike DeWine announced during his coronavirus press briefing Tuesday that he is issuing an order requiring K-12 students to wear masks or facial coverings in school.
DeWine cited the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which jointly issued a letter Tuesday recommending masks for all kids returning to school.
Exceptions include students under the age of 2-years-old, any child unable to remove a mask without assistance, a child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated by the use of a mask, a child with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay, or a child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction.
“This gives us the best shot to keep Ohio’s kids and educators safe and physically in school,” DeWine said.
DeWine said his administration is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to distribute 2 million masks to schools for use by students and staff. The masks will be delivered to regional educational service centers that will serve as distribution partners so schools and families have the resources they need for the coming school year.
Doctors now advise that kids K-12 wear a mask. This morning, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association & @OHPediatricians jointly recommended masks for all kids returning to school. Here is their letter in support of masks for kids which outlines specific exemptions. ⬇ pic.twitter.com/mGGmeDVeIP
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) August 4, 2020