WARREN – Schools in the city of Warren will maintain their mask-wearing mandate for students and staff in place for the time being until there are more changes in the COVID-19 numbers, the authorities said. school officials.
School superintendent Steve Chiaro said at Tuesday’s school board meeting that mask mandates will remain in place for schools in Warren, but he and other superintendents are monitoring case numbers, which has decreased lately.
Council member Jenna Daugherty said some school districts have gone from “compulsory mask” for “mask recommended.”
Chiaro said Trumbull County and City of Warren health officials are still advising to keep the mask-wearing requirement in place.
“I listen to local health officials on what they recommend. We are monitoring the data and the number of cases locally to see what we will do in the coming months,” Chiaro said.
He said at least eight or more Trumbull County public schools require masks for students and staff.
“The first of the year the (COVID-19) cases were very high. We have seen a decline since then and hope that will continue. After that, we will discuss adjusting the mask mandate. For now, we will continue to monitor the numbers closely,” Chiaro said.
Chiaro said he and other local school superintendents are meeting with county and city health officials this week to discuss the next few months of school.
“It has been a difficult time for everyone in the schools and the community,” said council member Julian Walker, who asked families to be patient.
In other matters, Chiaro said the porch renovation project on the front of the old Harding High School was temporarily delayed due to recent heavy snow and cold weather.
He said the project, which costs more than $100,000, is expected to resume once the weather improves.
“With the time we’ve had, we can’t pour cement or do what we need to do to fix the porch. We are approaching the realization of the project, but the weather has delayed us a bit,” said Chairo,
In other actions, the council:
• Learned from Chiaro that the district received a grant of $234,090 from the Ohio Department of Transportation to be used to help purchase three school buses.
• Learned from Chiaro, the district will receive a donation of disc golf nets from the Young Run disc golf course in Champion He said the Champion course received a grant from the Disc Golf Association to replace equipment there. The old equipment will be given to Warren for the establishment of three courses near the schools.
• Announced that the McGuffey School Titonics robotics team – led by mother Amanda Colbert and others – will compete on March 6 at the State Championships in Dayton, marking the second time the team has reached this level of competition .