Masks no longer required in Boston Public Schools starting Monday

(AP)

BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Our sister station WCVB attained a letter that was sent out Wednesday that no longer requires Boston Public Schools students and staff to wear a face masks starting next week.

This comes four months after Boston’s indoor mask mandate was dropped.

In a letter sent to BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius by Boston Public Health Commissioner Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, the Boston Public Health Commission is advising that masks no longer be required indoors in Boston Schools starting Monday. This is due to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations trending downwards over the past two weeks.

The letter reads, “The number of cases per 1,000 students significantly lower among Boston school students than among each of the other three public school districts during the period when BPS required masking and the other districts were mask optional.”

However, masks are still required inside school health offices.

The BPHC is still recommending masking during indoor public settings, on buses, and at school-sponsored events. Boston health officials are also still urging folks who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask indoors. And those who live with someone that is at high risk.

The BPHC, in consultation with Boston Public Schools and consistent with state and federal guidance, is also proposing that the school district continue to require indoor masking under the following circumstances:

  • Students and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are returning to school before a full 10 days of isolation, must mask for the remaining days. Example: A student comes back to school on Day 6 because they have a negative COVID-19 test, the student should be masked for Day 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Students and staff who are identified as part of a cluster investigation with in-school
    transmission, or while a potential cluster within the cohort is being investigated, for a duration of time as determined in consultation with the BPHC.
  • Students and staff who are identified as experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while in school, including students who are identified as having possible symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting pick up from school by parents or caregivers.

 

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