After the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics jointly recommended masks be worn by children K-12 returning to school, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that he would be issuing an order that reflects this policy statewide.
“This gives us the best shot to keep Ohio's kids and educators safe and physically in school,” DeWine said.
The mask order will not apply to children under the age of two, or any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
Additionally, children with significant behavioral psychological issues or those undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of facial covering, will not be required to wear them.
“I have great confidence that the teachers will work this out with kids, but that this is what the norm should be,” DeWine added.