Mask mandate for Massachusetts schools ending Feb. 28 – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — The statewide mask requirement for K-12 schools in Massachusetts will be lifted Feb. 28, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced Wednesday.

“The decision was made in consultation with infectious disease physicians, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other medical experts,” the department said in a statement.

“With Massachusetts a national leader in childhood vaccinations, combined with our robust testing programs, it’s time to lift the mask mandate in schools and give students and staff a sense of normalcy after coming under stress. tremendous challenges over the past two years,” Governor Charlie Baker said in the same statement. “We have all the tools to keep schools safe as we enter the next phase of managing COVID.”

Baker is expected to say more about the decision to end the term at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at the State House. You can watch it live on CBS News Boston in the video above.

He will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Education James Peyser and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley.

According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), 42 public schools received approval to lift their mask mandates as of Tuesday. Indeed, at least 80% of all students and staff at these schools have been vaccinated, which is the state’s threshold for removing masks.

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