Bristol County schools decide on masking policies to start the year

NORTH ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — School districts in Bristol County have started sorting out their mask-wearing policies ahead of the new school year.

So far, 4 different districts are allowing their fully vaccinated staff and students to begin the year mask-less. 

Those districts are North Attleboro, Dighton-Rehoboth, Swansea, and Somerset. 

The decision is in line with recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as well as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

In an email to ABC6, Dr. John Antonucci, the Superintendent of North Attleboro Schools, said, “It’s possible that [the decision] will  be re-visited, since Covid cases have spiked since August 2nd.”

The state’s guidance differs from the CDC’s latest set of recommendations, which advises universal masking for all teachers, staff and students regardless of vaccination status. 

“The young are now more vulnerable because they are in the cohort that is under-vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“The virus has changed,” Fauci continued. “We went from a virus that was formidable but didn’t transmit nearly as well as the virus we’re dealing with today — the delta variant.”

Just this week, the Dartmouth School Committee agreed to continue with their universal masking policy to start the school year.

The New Bedford School District will begin the year with universal masking as well.

Fall River, Attleboro, Acushnet, Seekonk, Norton and Westport school districts have yet to make a decision.

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