Face Mask/Covering Exemption

  • Face coverings are required of all students, employees, and visitors due to the Public Health Order issued by the Ohio Department of Health on August 4, 2020, mandating that all K-12 children wear face masks in the classrooms across the state. This follows The American Academy of Pediatrics guidance, recommending that all school-aged children wear face coverings in hospitals, schools, and across the community.

    The order provides for exemptions for very specific reasons.  Those exceptions include:

    • Children under the age of 2 years
    • Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance
    • A child with a significant behavioral/physiological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated by a facial covering
    • A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated by a mask
    • A child with a facial obstruction that causes airway obstruction

    A previous version of the state’s health order required all educators and staff wear masks for in-person learning. This most recent order extends to the students themselves.

    For those parents who believe that these exemptions are applicable to their children, the Mask Exemption Form can be accessed by viewing or downloading the form below. As with all mask exemption requests, a doctor’s recommendation/order will be required.

    Prior to approval of the exemption request, the individual in question must wear a mask when in a school building.   

    Those who receive an exemption may be more susceptible to both COVID-19 spread and potential quarantine as that student will not have the same level of protection as those who wear face mask.