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Which Mahoning Valley Schools are requiring masks? Here's a list

But don't forget — even if masks are optional in your district, children are required by federal mandate to wear a mask on the bus. 
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[Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the proper name for Weathersfield Local Schools.]

YOUNGSTOWN — Most school districts in the Mahoning Valley planned to make masks optional at the start of the school year. 

But the rampant spread of the delta variant and an unexpected uptick in child respiratory illnesses has forced some school districts to reconsider at the last minute, inciting the ire of anti-mask parents

Of the 47 districts in the tri-county area, 22 are requiring masks for some or all students, at least temporarily.

But don't forget — even if masks are optional in your district, children are required by federal mandate to wear a mask while riding the bus. 

This list will be updated as school districts provide information to Mahoning Matters.

Mahoning County

Austintown Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Boardman Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Campbell Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23 
Mask policy: Masks are required for all students

Canfield Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 22
Mask policy: Masks are required for K-6 students and all staff and visitors beginning Sept. 22

Cardinal Mooney High School
First day of school: Aug. 23
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors

Jackson-Milton Local Schools 
First day of school: Sept. 8 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Lowellville Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23 
Mask policy: All students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks 

Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley
First day of school: Aug. 30
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors

Poland Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 26
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Sebring Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 19
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

South Range Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 24 
Mask policy: Masks are required for all students and staff when three feet of social distancing can't be maintained

Springfield Local Schools
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Struthers City Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 25 
Mask policy: Masks are required for students and staff

Ursuline High School 
First day of school: Aug. 19 
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Valley Christian Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors

West Branch Local Schools 
First day of school: Sept. 8 for grades 1-12; Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 for kindergarten
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Western Reserve Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 26 
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Youngstown City Schools 
First day of school: Sept. 7 
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Trumbull County

Bloomfield-Mespo Local Schools
First day of school: Aug. 24
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Bristol Local Schools
First day of school: Aug. 25 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Brookfield Local Schools
First day of school: Aug. 26 for grades 1-12; Sept. 13 for kindergarten class 
Mask policy: Masks are required for all students, staff and visitors when indoors

Champion Local Schools
First day of school: Aug. 18
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors

Girard City Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23 
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Howland City Schools
First day of school: Sept. 7 for grades 1-12; Sept. 8 for kindergarten; Sept. 13 for preschool
Mask policy: Masks are required temporarily. Masks are optional for visitors who spend less than 15 minutes in a building

Hubbard Exempted Village Schools
First day of school: Aug 25
Mask policy: Masks are required for all students temporarily

John F. Kennedy Catholic School 
First day of school: Aug. 20
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors

Joseph Badger School District
First day of school: Aug. 24 for grades 1-12; Aug. 30 for kindergarten
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

LaBrae Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 31 for grades 1-12; Sept. 2 for kindergarten
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Lakeview Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 16 for grades 1-12; Aug. 23 for kindergarten
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Liberty Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 for grades 1-12; Sept. 7 for kindergarten; Sept 9 for preschool 
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Lordstown Local Schools 
First day of school: Sept. 7
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Maplewood Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Mathews Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 for grades 1-12; Sept. 7 for kindergarten
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

McDonald Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 18
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 26
Mask policy: Masks are required for students and visitors

Niles City Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 for grades 1-12
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Southington Local Schools
First day of school: Aug. 25
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Warren City Schools
First day of school: Aug. 23
Mask policy: All students and staff are required to wear masks indoors 

Weathersfield Local Schools 
First day of school: Sept. 2 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Columbiana County

Beaver Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Columbiana Exempted Village Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 25 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Crestview Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23
Mask policy: Masks are required temporarily

East Liverpool City Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 25 
Mask policy: Masks were required for all students beginning Sept. 16, 2021. Administrators said they intended to revisit the decision after two weeks.

East Palestine City Schools
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Leetonia Exempted Village Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Lisbon Exempted Village Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 23 for grades 1-12; Aug. 30 for preschool and kindergarten
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Salem City Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 25 
Mask policy: Masks are optional

Southern Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 24 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

United Local Schools 
First day of school: Aug. 30 
Mask policy: Masks are optional 

Wellsville Local Schools
Mask policy: Masks are optional



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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