Large distribution from state means DPS won’t charge students for masks


A large distribution of personal protective equipment from the state means that Dayton Public Schools won’t need to implement its plan to charge students for masks.

A now deleted post on the district’s Facebook page on Tuesday said DPS would start charging 50 cents for masks beginning Monday for students in seventh through 12th grades who forget to bring one to school.

“In the last three weeks, the district has tripled the number of masks being provided compared to the last 4 months of school last year,” read the deleted post “Purchasing these masks uses money that should be used for student materials and resources.”

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Shortly after posting the statement about needing to charge for masks, the district got a call about PPE that would be coming from the state, a district spokeswoman said.

“When students come to school with a mask and wear it consistently and correctly throughout the day, schools decrease the spread of COVID-19,” the post read. “Thank you for doing your part to help keep students safe and in school.”