Providence Public Schools brings back mask mandate after CDC elevates COVID risk

Providence Public Schools building. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence Public Schools announced on Monday that it will reinstate its mask mandate for students and staff.

The order, in effect Tuesday, follows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s designation of most Rhode Island counties as “high-risk” for the spread of COVID-19.

“Given the increase in cases and new information from the CDC, I engaged in discussions with students, staff, community members, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island Department of Education,” said Superintendent Dr. Javier Montañez.

Wearing face masks inside Providence schools was made optional in April, after Gov. Dan McKee lifted the statewide mandate. Montañez said the district would go back to masking if they saw a spike in cases. 

“The average number of daily positive cases among PPSD staff and students has increased from a low of approximately 10 per day in March and early April to approximately 40 positive cases per day in early May and 60 positive cases per day last week,” said the district.

The district said they will reevaluate the mask requirement moving forward.

The Central Falls School district also reimplemented its mask mandate Monday.

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