Yesterday, Governor Baker announced the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be lifting the statewide indoor face mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care settings in Massachusetts effective February 28, 2022. After consulting with Public Health Officials and in conjunction with the announcement from the state, Mayor Kokoros announced that face masks will no longer be required to be worn by students, faculty staff in Braintree Public Schools starting on February 28, 2022.
“I want to thank the Braintree Health Department and the Braintree Public School Nurses who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our community informed and safe,” said Mayor Kokoros. “They have gone above and beyond what is asked of them on a daily basis. With the Town’s daily reporting of postive COVID-19 cases continuing to decline, I am confident in our decision to follow suit with DESE’s announcement to lift the face mask mandate in our schools.”
While face masks will no longer be required to be worn in Braintree Public Schools, students, faculty and visitors still have the option to wear a face mask.
Please note, face masks would still be required in the following situations:
- After a five-day isolation and/or quarantine period for COVID-19, wear a mask around others for an additional five days, except when eating, drinking, or outdoors.
- Individuals who experience COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and obtain testing. If they receive a negative result and their symptoms improve (including remaining fever-free for a 24-hour period without fever-reducing medication), they can return to school but should also wear a mask until their symptoms fully resolve.
- Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks in school settings.
- Per federal order, face masks must continue to be worn while on school buses.
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