As local school districts, colleges and universities across Greater Cincinnati have already returned or are preparing to return students to their classrooms — some for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region in March 2020 — different officials have adopted a variety of approaches to keeping students and staff safe from contracting the virus.
In days immediately leading up to districts' first days back, some have changed course from their original plans. In Kentucky's case, Gov. Andy Beshear last week issued a sweeping executive order mandating that all school districts — public and private — require masks in indoor settings for all people older than 2 years old, with some exceptions.
As districts weighed their options, protesters assembled outside a number of the region's school board offices.
WCPO has compiled the following database to indicate which school districts are taking what approach this upcoming school year:
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