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New Superintendent Shares Fall Safety Plan with Akron School Board. Masks Will be Required

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Akron Public Schools' plan for health and safety in the upcoming school year calls for a monthly reassessment of safety measures. At this point, masks will be required at the start of the school year.

Akron Public Schools will launch a new website this week to share its plans for the upcoming school year, which will evolve as circumstances around COVID-19 change. The district plans to reassess safety protocols monthly.

During the school board meeting Monday, Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack said the district will require masks be worn inside school facilities and on school buses, which has been mandated by the federal transportation department.

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Akron Public Schools' plan for health and safety in the upcoming school year

Elementary class sizes will be kept to 24 students or less. Athletics will go on. Fowler-Mack says they will continue to work on offering vaccines and up to date information.

Akron Public Schools lays out plans for upcoming school year
Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack says safety measures will be reassessed monthly.
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“We’re committed to keeping the entire school community informed and connected as we plan.”

Fowler-Mack took over the superintendent's position this month following the departure of long-time superintendent David James, who has taken a position with the Columbus City Schools.

A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.