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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recommends Ohio students should wear masks in class this fall

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During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Thursday said, as part of his return to school plan, that the state is recommending all public school students third-grade and up to wear a mask in class each day. All teachers and school support staff also would be required to wear a mask.

He called on each school district to devise its own plan of action in the coming weeks as the school year nears.

“When face coverings aren’t practical, face shields may be considered. For example, wearing a face mask could make communication more difficult when teachers are interacting with students with disabilities or students who are learning a foreign language,” he said.

DeWine said the decision is being made in the best interests of students.

“While teachers/students did outstanding with distance learning, the (American Academy of Pediatric Medicine) strongly recommends students be physically present in school as much as possible. To keep schools open, our guidelines are designed to create the safest environment possible for our students and staff,” he said.

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