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Students who are attending Massachusetts summer school programs will not be required to wear face masks indoors, according to clarification from the commissioner of the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.Last month, DESE officials told school districts that it would not issue guidance for summer school programs that was separate from its most recent COVID-19 guidance that was issued May 27. In addition, districts were “encouraged to follow the health and safety guidance from DESE currently in place for in-person learning this spring.” Under those stipulations, that would mean students would be required to wear face masks indoors and on buses unless they received a medical or behavioral exemption. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stated that he did not believe that practice would be necessary.In an email sent to school superintendents Saturday night, DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley issued a clarification following a “misunderstanding” regarding the department’s COVID-19 guidance that was released May 27.Schools are still required to have students and unvaccinated educators wear masks indoors and on buses while maintaining other DESE health and safety guidelines for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.For this year’s summer school programs, masking and other guidance are encouraged but not required. Riley says the DESE summer guidance is in alignment with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance that encourages unvaccinated people to continue to wear face masks indoors and when they can’t socially distance.Under this guidance, 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.Riley also reiterated that all COVID-19 health and safety guidance, including masking and physical distancing, will be lifted at the start of the 2021-22 academic year in the fall.”We will collaborate with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue any additional health and safety recommendations over the summer should they become necessary,” Riley’s email reads.Educators who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks indoors, according to DESE’s May 27 guidance.All K-12 schools will be required to bring students back to full-time, in-person learning starting in the fall.Massachusetts vaccination progressMassachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities

Students who are attending Massachusetts summer school programs will not be required to wear face masks indoors, according to clarification from the commissioner of the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Last month, DESE officials told school districts that it would not issue guidance for summer school programs that was separate from its most recent COVID-19 guidance that was issued May 27. In addition, districts were “encouraged to follow the health and safety guidance from DESE currently in place for in-person learning this spring.”

Under those stipulations, that would mean students would be required to wear face masks indoors and on buses unless they received a medical or behavioral exemption. On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stated that he did not believe that practice would be necessary.

In an email sent to school superintendents Saturday night, DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley issued a clarification following a “misunderstanding” regarding the department’s COVID-19 guidance that was released May 27.

Schools are still required to have students and unvaccinated educators wear masks indoors and on buses while maintaining other DESE health and safety guidelines for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.

For this year’s summer school programs, masking and other guidance are encouraged but not required. Riley says the DESE summer guidance is in alignment with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance that encourages unvaccinated people to continue to wear face masks indoors and when they can’t socially distance.

Under this guidance, 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.

Riley also reiterated that all COVID-19 health and safety guidance, including masking and physical distancing, will be lifted at the start of the 2021-22 academic year in the fall.

“We will collaborate with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue any additional health and safety recommendations over the summer should they become necessary,” Riley’s email reads.

Educators who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks indoors, according to DESE’s May 27 guidance.

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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