The health and safety of students and staff members remains a top priority in Upper Arlington Schools. After listening to an update from the Medical Advisory Team and hearing feedback from parents and community members during public participation and via email, the Board of Education passed a resolution at the August 10, 2021, meeting requiring universal masking indoors during the school day for students in preschool through grade 8 and the teachers, staff and visitors in those schools, as well as the district’s School-Age Child Care Program, regardless of vaccination status. On September 3, 2021, the Board of Education extended the mask requirement to the high school beginning Tuesday, September 7. Just like the existing requirement for Pre-K through 8th grade, this means that masking will be required indoors during the school day for students, teachers, other staff members and visitors.
Masking is also currently required for passengers and drivers on all school transportation per a federal order.
The following mitigation measures remain in place:
- All schools will maintain the increased cleaning and sanitization procedures that were in place during last school year.
Hand sanitizing stations will remain throughout the buildings.
Students and staff members will have access to personal protective equipment as needed.
Social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible, and elementary students will be eating lunch in classroom cohorts.
High-quality air filtration systems are also in place at all schools.
The district also encourages families to monitor their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and follow Franklin County Public Health’s Child In-Person Participation Algorithm as a guide for when children should stay home from school.