Covid Policy Update

covid policy update
The school board of Perry Public Schools has voted to relax the mandatory mask policy from a requirement to a recommendation in school buildings for all faculty, staff and students, effective immediately.
Face coverings are no longer required in common spaces, but is a personal choice moving forward. PPS still respects the individual choice of teachers who ask students to wear masks in their classrooms.
This decision came after much discussion of several health and safety factors, including:
-Low risk of infection and declining numbers in Noble County 
-Vaccine opportunity more readily available for all staff and community members 
-The school district has not experienced an active case in more than eight weeks
Although we are relaxing the mask requirement, other COVID-related protocols will remain in place through the end of the school year, such as encouragement of social distancing, vigilant sanitation, and continuation of proper quarantine practices. PPS will continue to monitor confirmed cases in the district and can make adjustments, if needed. 
However, due to federal mandate, masks are still required on school buses, which is a regulation out of the school board’s control. 
Visitors are subject to the same recommendations as the school board has set forth. Outside entities utilizing school facilities for upcoming functions assume the risk and it is their responsibility to determine what is safe for their organization’s event.
We appreciate the understanding and respectfulness shown by wearing a mask the past nine months to reduce the spread of the virus in our school district. After a year full of challenges, we are looking forward to experiencing a little more “normalcy” to end the school year on a positive note.
Terry McCarty, Ed.D.
Perry Public Schools