The Ohio Department of Education posted information on the Reset and Restart Education website about how educational settings may impact teacher evaluations. The information addresses adaptations schools have made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides considerations for schools using Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 1.0 and 2.0.
Mask Breaks: It bears recognizing that all indications signal Ohio students and educators are doing a phenomenal job of complying with recommended health practices and, in particular, mask-wearing guidelines. This is no small accomplishment, and the Department congratulates students and staff across the state for their efforts to keep one another safe and healthy.
On this point, several inquiries have come in regarding the topic of mask breaks — allowing students a brief time to remove their masks while in socially-distanced settings where it is considered safe to do so and activity levels are very low. The Ohio Department of Health has concluded that such breaks (usually about five minutes), conducted safely and in accordance with state and local health guidelines, may be useful in promoting overall compliance with mask wearing for students and staff alike. As such, schools should consider that the practice of mask breaks ultimately may strengthen ongoing compliance with mask wearing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many schools have indicated they include mask breaks as part of their daily routines. As always, thank you for everything you and your colleagues do each day to serve Ohio’s students.