Ohio County Board of Education votes ‘yes’ on a 30-day mask mandate; Mingo BOE also issues mandate.

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Putnam and Pocohontas are now the only county school districts in W.Va.'s 55 counties without a mask mandate.

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) — The Ohio County BOE met at Steenrod Elementary School tonight to discuss back-to-school COVID guidelines. 

They now are putting a 30-day mask mandate in place for their schools. The vote was 4-1 in favor of the temporary mandate.

The dissenting vote tonight came from board member David Croft.

You’ll recall that just a few weeks ago the Ohio County Board of Educated voted to recommend, but not require masks…leaving it up to individual choice. That was also by a vote of 4-1. 

The votes are in; NO mask mandate for Ohio County Schools.

With COVID numbers rising over the past few weeks, Ohio County had been just one of four counties across the Mountain State not under a mask mandate. This past Friday, Wheeling Park was forced to cancel their game against Villa Angela-St. Joseph due to COVID issues.

“We are closely monitoring our positive cases in our schools, as well as our direct contact quarantine cases. So our number one goal is for in-person instruction and whatever it takes to get our kids in the classroom is what we are trying to accomplish.”

Dr. Kim Miller, Superintendent, Ohio County Schools

Governor Jim Justice also spoke out in his Friday COVID briefing about Ohio County’s then lack of a mask mandate, along with Mingo, Putnam and Pocohontas counties.

Ohio County 1 of 4 counties in West Virginia without a mask mandate in school

The Mingo County Board of Education also announced a mask mandate tonight. Their mandate is effectively immediately and does not have a time limit like Ohio County’s 30-day mandate.

We will have more details here on WTRF.com and on our 10 and 11 WTRF newscasts.

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