At their February 22 meeting, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to rescind its emergency regulation mandating face masks in schools, pending legislative approval by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR). If approved by the AELR, the decision would then rest with each school system’s local board of education.
According to the current MSDE emergency regulation, which remains in place until a decision from the AELR, school systems have three possible routes to make masks optional rather than mandatory:
- At least 80% of the eligible county population is fully vaccinated, as determined by the Maryland Department of Health;
- At least 80% of eligible students and staff in an individual school are fully vaccinated;
- The county has sustained 14 consecutive days of moderate or low transmission rates of coronavirus cases, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of today, neither the Caroline school district or any individual Caroline school have met any of these requirements.
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