July 23, 2021
Dear West G Parents/Guardians:
As of today, the CDC and local health departments in our area continue to recommend masks for individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Consistent with that stance, West G's plan for resuming in-person instruction in the fall is to recommend masks for non-vaccinated individuals but not to require masks.
The exception would be school buses. The CDC has ordered, as opposed to recommended, that masks be worn on public transportation (which includes school buses). Accordingly, our plan will be modified to require mask wearing by individuals riding school buses.
Expect more mandates and modified "recommendations" from organizations and governmental agencies as the summer continues. I wish I could assure you that they will represent a consistent and rational response to COVID-19, but I cannot. I find the notion that schools may be forced to quarantine vaccinated individuals who come in contact with an infected individual to be illogical, but the governor has now signed legislation that would have that effect beginning October 13, 2021.
For now, West Geauga's district plans remain unchanged with the exception of mandatory masks on school buses. I will keep you updated as the summer progresses.
Richard A. Markwardt, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools