DAYTON — Dayton Public Schools is strongly advising all staff and students to wear masks again.
News Center 7’s Kayla McDermott spoke with health officials who agree with the recommendation because several diseases are currently spreading.
Masks have not been mandatory in DPS schools since March, but next week everyone who sets foot in schools is being told they should wear them.
Millions of people gathered for the holidays last week.
“There is concern that we will see the second peak in January as people return from vacation,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital. “We’ve seen this after every holiday the week or two following this increase in infectious disease numbers.”
To prevent anyone from getting sick in class, DPS posted on social media “Due to an increase in illnesses in Montgomery County and the possibility of exposure to illness during the holidays, masks will be strongly recommended for all staff and students after the winter holidays.”
Comments on the post were divided.
Jeffrey Bolles, who was with his children during the last days of winter vacation, said they lived in Beavercreek but understood DPS’s recommendation.
“I think it’s fantastic. I think, you know, I think a lot of foreign countries, if people are sick, they wear masks, and I think that’s a common courtesy,” Bolles said.
Colon agrees. He’s surprised more schools haven’t made mask recommendations.
“It won’t hurt children to wear these masks,” Colon said.
Bolles said if Beavercreek asked students to put on masks for a few weeks, his children would wear them.
Dayton Public Schools said it was only a precautionary measure and the recommendation would end in two weeks on January 13.
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