statement from elizabeth j lolli re covid 19 preventative measures in schools

COVID-19 Preventative Measures in Schools

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Update June 20: After Governor Mike DeWine’s recent update, individual schools now have the ability to choose whether or not to keep the mask mandate in place.

Dear Dayton Public Schools Families:

In accordance with CDC guidance for schools, DPS will continue its COVID-19 prevention strategies for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The school year ends on June 29th. 

This means students and staff will continue to wear masks and practice social distancing as they finish out the year. 

In addition, schools will continue to use water bottle filling stations instead of water fountains, plexiglass barriers where appropriate, and frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces. 

With these strategies in place, students and staff have successfully completed three months of in-person learning. By keeping them in place through June, the district is confident students and staff will successfully finish out the school year. 

Please refer to the specific situations referenced below for more information about these requirements and how long they will be in place. 

Mask Guidelines:

  • After Governor Mike DeWine’s recent update, individual schools now have the ability to choose whether or not to keep the mask mandate in place.
  • Masks are still recommended for students and those who are not vaccinated.

Social Distancing Guidelines:

  • DPS will continue to follow CDC guidance on social distancing until further notice. 

Athletic Events:

  • Athletes will continue to wear masks when not actively participating in practice or games through June 30th.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • COVID-19 vaccines will not be required next school year. The district will continue to offer vaccine clinics as they are made available by our health partners for those who wish to be vaccinated.

As always, the district will monitor the latest guidelines from all health authorities. If changes are needed, parents and guardians will be notified as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep schools safe. I am confident that following these measures will ensure we finish out the year strong. The first day of the 2021-2022 school year is August 18th. 


Elizabeth J. Lolli, Ph.D.



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