Loveland, Ohio – Below is a letter, started by a local “physician mom Facebook group” and signed by more than 450 Cincinnati area physicians that was sent to the Loveland City School District Board of Education today.

The letter begins, “The undersigned are all physicians who live and work in southwest Ohio region. We are writing to support universal masking in all of our local schools.”

They also say, “All available evidence indicates that SARS-CoV-2 will spread wildly in schools without mitigation efforts—including universal masking—firmly in place.”

Current Loveland school policy is that the wearing of masks by students inside school buildings is whatever a parent or guardian chooses for the child. Classes begin on Wednesday.

Read the full letter and the names of the physicians below.