Cleveland Metropolitan School District suspends mask requirement as COVID-19 cases drop

CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is suspending its mask requirement as COVID-19 cases continue to drop in the area.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon made the announcement in a video on the district’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. He cited recent changes to Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

“The number of positive cases is decreasing in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. And this week, the CDC changed Cuyahoga County’s community rating from medium to low. Based on this memo from the CDC and after consultation with the Cleveland Public Health Department, CMSD will suspend our current mask requirements,” Gordon said.

“Although masks are no longer required at this time, low vaccination rates among school-aged children, just over 20% for 5 to 11 year olds and just above 30% for 12 at 19, it’s still the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the district’s strong preference for students and adults to continue wearing masks in schools and district offices. The reality is that because vaccination rates are so low, many in our community are still at risk of catching the virus and all of us, vaccinated or not, can be carriers,” Gordon said.

CMSD will continue to offer free COVID testing in schools.

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