Important Information Concerning Return to School on Monday, August 30, 2021

August 26, 2021

Dear parents, guardians, and staff,

As you know, our Board of Education charged me with making the decision moving forward in regards to masks in our schools.  I have monitored the COVID numbers and current conditions in Wood County as well as and more specifically the 43402.  What has happened as you can see from the chart below is a steady increase in the numbers beginning on August 16.  This is concerning as we return to the classroom on Monday.   In addition, we are seeing similar increase in numbers in other districts who have already returned to class.

DATE

# OF CASES in 43402

INCIDENCE/100,000

AUG 16

26

84/100,000

AUG 17

32

99.2/100,000

AUG 18

32

99.2/100,000

AUG 19

37

114.7/100,000

AUG 20

47

145.7/100,000

AUG 21

47

145.7/100,000

AUG 22

42

130.2/100,000

AUG 23

51

158.1/100,000

AUG 24

61

189.1/100,000

AUG 25

68

210.8/100,000

AUG 26

70

217/100,000

 

I take this decision very seriously and consider many factors but I always come back to the most important consideration.  That consideration is keeping our kids in school every day all year without loss of direct instruction due to being quarantined.  Therefore, based on the increase in the number of cases and the incidence level, beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, the Bowling Green City Schools will be requiring masks Kindergarten – 12th Grade.  This will remain in effect until further notice.  Each day I will continue to monitor the numbers in our zip codes, the numbers within our school community once students are in class, and work with the guidance from the Wood County Health Department. 

While I know that many of you will be relieved, I am also equally aware that there will be many of you that will not be happy.  This decision is based on keeping our students safe, healthy, and in school.  If you refer to the flowchart that I attached in our last communication about masking, a child who is masked regardless of vaccination status, may remain in the classroom based on the quarantine guidelines shared by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and Wood County Health Department.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Francis Scruci





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