Big Walnut Mask Requirement Begins Monday

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At its regular meeting on September 16, the Big Walnut Local Schools Board of Education voted to implement a mask requirement for all students.

As a follow up, Superintendent Angie Hamberg shared the following message via the District’s website:

As you know, face coverings are required on all school buses due to a Federal order.  Additionally, due to continued impact on attendance from Covid-19, our Board of Education voted at last Thursday’s meeting to implement a K-6 school mask mandate for students.  This mandate is for indoors only, and it is in effect until one of the following criteria is met:

  1. Vaccinations are available for all children served in the BW schools (ages 5-11, once enough time has elapsed for kids to receive both doses and be considered fully vaccinated)
  2. A change in quarantine requirements is mad
  3. The Pandemic Response Team makes a different recommendation

The mandate does not include preschool students, who were also exempt from the state order last year.

You can watch the recording of the Board meeting on our website at if you are interested in hearing the Board’s discussion on the topic.

During the meeting, there was also discussion about allowing waivers from this requirement.  To access the waiver form, please visit the forms link on our website. Completed waiver requests should be submitted to your child’s school office for consideration.

In order to give families time to adjust to this new requirement, we will begin implementing it on Monday, September 27. Please be advised that, according to quarantine requirements from the Delaware Public Health Department, a student who is not masked will still be subject to quarantine by the DPHD.  This applies to all students at a lunch table and to students who are unmasked as a result of a parent-requested waiver from the District’s mask mandate.

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