Democrats call on DeWine to act as schools fight over mask mandates

Demonstrators opposed to a districtwide mask mandate in Worthington Schools hold signs outside the Worthington Education Center before the school board meeting Aug. 23.

School board meetings are getting more contentious in Ohio, and a group of moms wants the governor to put a stop to the local shouting matches by issuing a statewide mask mandate. 

"People in my situation, where the school district will not act, we are depending on the governor to do something, anything," said Veronica Stevel, a mother of five from Lebanon. "Somebody at some point has got to step up."

The moms, who all support Democrat Nan Whaley for governor, said the science is clear to them. Masks keep help keep kids in the classroom by preventing the spread of COVID-19. And Gov. Mike DeWine's own health department agrees. 

Both DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff strongly recommended that all students and staff wear masks back in August. But they stopped short of a mandate. 

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