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BREAKING | Poland issues mask mandate after 100 high schoolers in quarantine

Six days into the school year, more than 10 percent of high school students are in quarantine.
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Poland Middle School

POLAND — Masks are now required for all Poland School District students after COVID-19 cases left 10 percent of high schoolers in quarantine. 

Six days into the school year, there are 19 COVID-19 cases among students — 15 at the high school, three in the middle school and one at the elementary — and one case among staff members. 

As a result of contact tracing, 99 high school students are in quarantine. 

At the start of the school year, masks were only required for students in kindergarten to sixth grade, as older students are eligible for vaccines. 

Several vocal anti-mask parents bullied school board members into softening their initial mask mandate at a meeting on Aug. 23. 

But, per classroom quarantine guidelines, unmasked and unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine. 

Jess Hardin

About the Author: Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and last worked at The Vindicator. Jess graduated from Georgetown University.
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