Mask Protocols

  • As COVID continues to create challenges, the Worthington School district is committed to adapting our plans in order to do our best to both keep students safe and learning in person in school. 

    With that in mind, the Worthington Board of Education has voted to require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, parents, and visitors inside school properties, regardless of vaccination status.  This simply means that inside any of our school properties during the school day, before or after school, everyone should be wearing a mask.  (Similar to last year, athletes will not be asked to compete in a mask in indoor sports.)

    Our protocols include:

    • Physical distancing:  Physical distancing will be recommended whenever possible. 
    • Handwashing: Handwashing will be emphasized throughout the school day. Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the buildings and students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands when entering and again when leaving a classroom. Cough and sneeze etiquette will be taught, monitored, and reinforced. 

    • Facilities: District cleaning protocols will continue with COVID-developed enhanced routines. Ventilation systems all have a MERV rating of 6-10. 

    • Contact tracing: Contact tracing will occur based upon CPH guidance for all highly infectious diseases. District nurses have all been trained in this process. 

    • Diagnostic and screening testing: Worthington City Schools will continue to have testing and screening supplies at nursing clinics. The district will strategically utilize test kits for COVID concerns in order to keep students safely in school as much as possible. 

    • Vaccinations: The district will continue to encourage faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated. The district is willing to serve as a host site as vaccinations are available.  

    • Accommodations for children with disabilities: The district will build a health plan to meet the unique health needs of students who need them. This could include home instruction or further mitigation efforts in the school setting. 

    • Masks: All students K-12, staff, parents and other visitors are required to wear a mask in the school building during the school day (unless medical, religious or developmental conditions prohibit use) Under federal order, masks must also be worn on school buses.