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PAGE 2 - GROVE CITY MESSENGER - <strong>August</strong> 22, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Blood drives in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

The American Red Cross will host several blood drives<br />

in <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The events will be held:<br />

•Aug. 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

•Aug. 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. at <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Elks Lodge No.<br />

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•Aug. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong><br />

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•Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jackson<br />

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community events<br />

•Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran<br />

•Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Carmel <strong>Grove</strong><br />

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To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or<br />

visit www.redcrossblood.org.<br />

S.A.L.T. at Evans Center<br />

The <strong>Grove</strong> <strong>City</strong> Division of Police host Seniors and Law<br />

Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) meetings at 1 p.m. the<br />

second Tuesday of each month at the Evans Center, 4330<br />

Dudley Ave. Adults of all ages are welcome to<br />

attend. If you would like additional information on<br />

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health boards to mitigate the potential spread of<br />

COVID-19 in their schools.<br />

“We are continuing many of our practices and protocols<br />

from last school year, which include but are not<br />

limited to physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory<br />

etiquette and cleaning and maintaining<br />

healthy facilities including ventilation improvements,”<br />

wrote Sandra Nekoloff, the district’s executive director<br />

of communications, in an email.<br />

She added that the district will also continue to follow<br />

the Ohio Department of Health’s quarantine and<br />

contact tracing guidelines; recommend but not require<br />

(COVID-19) vaccines; make appropriate accommodations<br />

for students with disabilities; and follow federal<br />

orders on transportation protocols.<br />

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<br />

(CDC) is requiring that all students who take public<br />

transportation to school wear a facial covering while<br />

they are on the bus.<br />

The public reaction to the district’s announcement<br />

that it would be a ‘mask-friendly’ district for the start<br />

of the <strong>2021</strong>-22 school year on Aug. 25 was mixed. For<br />

every person who celebrated the decision, there was<br />

one who expressed disappointment.<br />

Chandra Fredrick was one of those who were disappointed<br />

by the district’s decision not to require masks<br />

for its students and staff. On Aug. 9, she came before<br />

the board of education at its regular meeting to ask the<br />

district to reconsider its choice.<br />

Fredrick said one of her children, a 10-year-old who<br />

is going into his fifth grade year, is immunocompromised<br />

and she fears for his safety should she send him<br />

to school with the current guidelines in place.<br />

She said prior to the revised mask policy announcement,<br />

she and her husband had enough confidence in<br />

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Vaccine clinic at Westland High<br />

OhioHealth will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic<br />

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday through Aug. 31. The<br />

clinic will be held at Westland High School, 146 Galloway<br />

Road in Galloway. To schedule an appointment, call 614-<br />

566-8187. Walk-in are also accepted. For more information,<br />

visit ohiohealth.com/covidvaccine.<br />

the district’s decision-making process regarding<br />

COVID-19 protocols last year that they re-enrolled<br />

their three children after nearly a year of home-schooling.<br />

“Because our district did such a great job with<br />

COVID precautions last year, we felt comfortable<br />

enrolling our kids in school for the fall,” said Fredrick.<br />

“But now, you’re throwing away the most important<br />

method of protection for our unvaccinated kids by not<br />

requiring masks in school.<br />

“We know that masks work. We know the science.<br />

You’re an education board, you teach science. We know<br />

that masks work. We know masks are the reason that<br />

transmission in our schools was so low last year. You<br />

can say that you care about all of our kids but your current<br />

policy demonstrates the opposite.”<br />

Fredrick said her child wants to go to school, wants<br />

to catch up with his friends and wants to get involved<br />

in activities. She said she wants to send him to school<br />

but is filled with anxiety by the thought of doing so if<br />

the district maintains its current policy. She said children<br />

who are immunocompromised or disabled should<br />

not have to find alternative methods of learning simply<br />

because “some parents don’t want their kids to wear a<br />

mask.”<br />

Shortly before this article went to press, Governor<br />

Mike DeWine urged school districts throughout the<br />

state to reconsider their mask policies if they have not<br />

mandated its use. “At the very least,” he wrote on this<br />

official Twitter account, “consider requiring masks for<br />

the next few weeks when we know the spread level will<br />

be very high.”<br />

As of press time, district officials maintain they will<br />

begin the school year with its current requirements<br />

and protocols in place. They said their policies could<br />

change if mandates were to change.<br />

In March, the state legislature passed<br />

Senate Bill 22 which allows lawmakers to<br />

rescind health orders like the mask mandate<br />

via concurrent resolution, which circumvents<br />

the governor. It also blocks local<br />

health departments from banning mass<br />

gatherings or closing schools unless a dangerous<br />

communicable disease becomes<br />

unusually prevalent.<br />

In July, Franklin County Public Health<br />

and Columbus Public Health recommended<br />

universal masking policies for all students<br />

and staff members in the upcoming <strong>2021</strong>-22<br />

school year — even if they are fully vaccinated.<br />

Children under the age of 12 are not yet<br />

eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

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