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The masks can come off in Barberton Schools

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

With everyone who can be vaccinated having had an opportunity to get at least one dose, Barberton schools Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz has lifted the mask mandate.

Effective Nov. 29, when kids return from Thanksgiving break, masks will be strongly encouraged but optional. However, due to federal Department of Transportation requirements, they are still needed at all times on buses.

“The Board of Education and district leadership have been watching the district COVID-19 data closely,” Ramnytz said in a district all-call message Nov. 23.

Ramnytz said the district would follow the state’s “test to play” guidelines, which he said are on both the district’s Facebook and web pages.

“As always, if your child is sick, keep them home and we will keep a close eye on the situation,” Ramnytz said. “And if we need to, we will reinstate the mask policy to keep all our students and staff safe.”


  1. LeeBron on December 2, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    every variant is weaker. stop with the lies. lying is why amy acton disappeared. ask leebron, he is even boosted.

  2. Lrrr on December 1, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Omicron will be happy to hear this.
    Hospitalizations for Covid are up in Summit and Portage Counties.
    Vaccines only help so much.

  3. Boo! on November 30, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Notice how no one is telling people to wash hands and sanitize. Because they cant make you do it. Did I scare you? Only N95 masks work. Stop watching CNN. Were in good hands with our Prez, right? Sell your house now and rent for a year. Houses will be cheap then. Keep jabbing suff that aint workin. If you aint got the jab by now u aint gettin it.

  4. Caine on November 30, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Like the new no mask regulations…and just in time to greet the newest COVID variant. Those administrators sure know their stuff, eh?

  5. Demo Critters on November 29, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    The vaccines are causing the variants. Keep jabbing away!

  6. PULL UR KIDS OUT! on November 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

    And out of 40,000 people 99.8% survived. Brandon.

  7. Anonymous on November 28, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Mask at all times until 2025

  8. I be pulling my kids out of Barberton schools on November 24, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    40,000 people have Covid just in one month in Ohio,

  9. Fear on November 23, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Good choice. They do no good anyhow.

  10. Amy Oplinger on November 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Disappointed in this school system again. Vaccinated ppl can still spread covid. Masks are the barrier to this.
    Easy as ABC 123, but apparently not for Barberton🙄

  11. Scott Archer on November 23, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Man those teachers and admins are really smart…Stay in school kids

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