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Masks Strongly Recommended, with Parent Choice

Loveland Tiger Families:

As many of you are aware, the mask policy passed by our Board of Education in June will remain in effect for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We strongly recommend that students wear masks, but the decision on mask-wearing will be a parental choice.

As stated during the Board Meeting last night, this message is to provide our parents and students with information about quarantine guidelines and the district COVID mitigation efforts. You’ll notice that most of the mitigation measures remain the same as last school year, because we had success with our improved cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, traffic flow, and other efforts. You can read through the detailed mitigation plans for each school through the following links. These plans may evolve and change as circumstances change.

Loveland Early Childhood Center
Loveland Primary School
Loveland Elementary School
Loveland Intermediate School
Loveland Middle School
Loveland High School  

We know the biggest question people have is about quarantines and student safety. The below flow chart is a handy reference that communicates the guidelines laid out by the Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health. If a student is a COVID “close contact” they would not have to quarantine if they are masked. If they are unmasked, but vaccinated, they would not have to be quarantined. If they are both unmasked and unvaccinated, they would have to be quarantined. These rules are laid out by the state and county. The way to ensure your student is not affected by quarantine is to require them to wear a mask and if they’re old enough, get them vaccinated.

Masks will be required on buses regardless of vaccination status, because of a federal mandate until September 13th.

As was discussed at the Board Meeting, these things can change. If illness or quarantines impact our ability to teach students, we may have to take action that impacts individual classrooms, grades, age groups, buildings, or the entire district. If our children are not in school, they are not learning, and it is important that we do all we can to make that happen. We want our students in class and learning, so if it appears that we need to adapt to keep our kids in school, the district is prepared to do just that.

We are starting this year in a much better situation than we were last year, but this remains a situation that could change with little notice.

If you have specific questions not covered in the building mitigation plan, please reach out to our building principals, and please feel free to contact Superintendent Mike Broadwater with any other questions you may have. Have a great day and Go Tigers!

Watch the video message from Superintendent Mike Broadwater by following this link.

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