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Massachusetts Lifting School Mask Mandate at End of February
Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts will drop its statewide school mask mandate on Feb. 28, though local school districts would be allowed to follow their own policies.
Given the extremely low risk for young people, the widespread availability and the proven effectiveness of vaccines, and the distribution of accurate test protocols and tests, it’s time to give our kids a sense of normalcy and lift the mask mandate on a statewide basis for schools. Covid, like many other respiratory diseases that we’re familiar with, will be with us for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, the advances in vaccines, treatments and testing are mitigating the harm that’s caused by Covid. Those advances and the hard work of so many parents, educators and kids here in Massachusetts make it possible to give our kids what they have earned — the familiar, welcoming, nurturing classroom that they’re used to. We understand many students will continue to wear masks going forward for a number of reasons, and we fully support those individual decisions and we would urge everyone in K-12 education to do the same. And we want to help schools make kids who make that decision feel comfortable doing so.
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