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School board members temporarily mandate masks

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 4:12 PM EDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – Board members at Fairland Local Schools have decided to temporarily mandate masks for students, staff and visitors.

In a release issued Tuesday, the school board said masks will be required indoors beginning Wednesday because the county is currently designated as red (high) for community transmission of COVID-19.

School officials said masks will be recommended as optional when community transmission drops to substantial (orange) or moderate (yellow).

Fairland parent Cody Canterberry says the decision left him confused.

“You’ve got a lot of sporting events, college football games and NFL games that are at max capacity,” he said. “You’ve got famous celebrities going to VMAs, and they don’t have to wear a mask, but we do.”

“Wearing masks is awful,” Canterberry’s daughter Kennedy, who’s in second grade at Fairland East, said. “Whenever I talk or I breath, it just smokes up my glasses, and I can’t see.”

“I don’t particularly like wearing it because it’s an anxiety thing with me, but if it keeps you safe, it keeps you safe,” Fairland High School junior Caleb Harvey said.

Fairland was the last district in Lawrence County to require masks this school year.

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