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Dayton Public Schools return to class today; Students and staff heavily advised to wear masks

DAYTON — Dayton Public Schools (DPS) are set to return to the classroom today, and all staff and students are heavily advised to wear masks again.

The district says they are asking people to mask up because of an increase in sickness in Montgomery County, and the possibility of exposure to it over the holidays.

“There is the worry that we’re going to be seeing the second peak come January as people are returning from vacations,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital. “We’ve been seeing this after every holiday the week or two that follows this increase in the number of infectious ailments.”

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Dr. Colon believes this is a great idea to help curb some of the spread of viruses like the flu, covid, and RSV. He added that he is surprised more schools haven’t made mask recommendations.

To prevent anyone from getting sick in the classroom, DPS posted on social media “Due to an increase in sickness in Montgomery County, and the possibility of exposure to illness over the holidays, masks will be highly recommended for all staff and students after Winter Break.”

DPS is recommending masks through next Friday, January 13.


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