ASHVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — Face masks will be optional for students and staff in Teays Valley schools when the school year starts, the district announced Tuesday.

In a post on its Facebook page, the district posted health and safety guidelines for the coming school year, including the masking policy.

Students and staff will be required to wear masks while riding on school buses, in compliance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s mandate regarding public transportation.