We are excited to be welcoming our students back to school tomorrow, Wednesday, August 18. Our staff members are eager to greet students as they walk in the door. Starting a new school year comes with excitement and anticipation, but also this year, with some angst.
We urge any student who can be vaccinated to do so. We strongly recommend mask-wearing for our students and staff. These tools are the best way to keep our students safe and in school.
While we currently have a parent option for mask-wearing, we are continuing to monitor changes in the spread of the Delta COVID variant. Governor DeWine delivered a news conference today, along with Dr. Vanderhoff of the Ohio Department of Health, and strongly urged districts, and parents to send students to school wearing masks. Governor DeWine had specific concerns about students not yet old enough to be vaccinated.
In light of this news conference and other information, the Loveland City School District Board of Education will be scheduling a Special Meeting on Friday, August 20 at 6 pm in the LIS/LMS Cafeteria to discuss the district policy concerning the use of face coverings/masks. At this meeting, we will review advice from the Superintendent’s medical advisory board, as well any data shared by Hamilton County Public Health, and our own internal data from the first few days of school.
Please understand that this decision weighs heavily on all our minds as we enter the new school year because our main focus is always on the safety and education of our children. We have received many messages from parents, students, and community members on every side of this issue. I can assure you that we’ve read each one and are empathetic to the strong emotions involved.
At the end of the day, we need our kids in the classroom so they can learn and we must do everything possible to achieve this.
Mike Broadwater Superintendent, Loveland City Schools