Summer school students in Massachusetts not required to wear masks

Students who are attending a summer school program in Massachusetts will not be required to wear face masks indoors, according to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE.)

DESE says schools are still required to have students and un-vaccinated educators wear masks indoors and on buses for the remainder of the 2020-21 school years

For 2021 summer school programs, masking and other guidance are encouraged but not required. Which the DESE says is in alignment with the state’s health guidance that encourages un-vaccinated people to continue to wear face masks indoors and when they can’t socially distance.

Summer school students under the age of 12 are encouraged to continue to wear face masks indoors because they are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, DESE’s guidance says.

All K-12 schools will be required to bring students back to full-time, in-person learning starting in the fall.


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