State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) announces he will soon introduce legislation prohibiting schools in Ohio from mandating that students wear masks. Loychik has already heard many concerns from parents whose children will be attending local school districts in his district. Both Lakeview and Warren schools are proceeding with requiring masks for all students.
“With our children returning to the classroom shortly, based off of the outcry I’ve heard from constituents I believe this is a decision that should remain optional and up to the discretion of parents on whether their child needs to wear a mask – not a mandate from schools receiving public taxpayer funds,” said Loychik.
This bill will not prohibit faculty, staff, and guests from wearing masks or from the school imposing a mandate on them.
As of Aug. 5, 2021 according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, among states reporting, only 0.1-1.9 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization. Additionally, of states reporting, 0.0-0.03 percent of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death.
Throughout the last few weeks, several K-12 and higher education institutions throughout the state have begun implementing mandates regarding COVID-19 in order for students and children to receive an education.
Loychik is currently seeking cosponsors on the bill.