BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Anne Arundel County Public Schools will no longer require students, their caregivers and others to wear face coverings on buses during the transition to school-related programs starting Monday.
The public school system announced the change in a social media post on Saturday.
Face masks on school buses are optional as of February 28, 2022. pic.twitter.com/gmy3xIhY5r
– AACPS (@AACountySchools) February 26, 2022
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School officials said the decision to lift the requirement to wear face masks on buses reflects a recent decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to amend the federal mask-wearing order.
Officials said in a statement on the school’s website: “As is the case with our schools, face masks will be optional on buses when those buses perform functions related to schools. “We reiterate what Superintendent George Arlotto wrote in his letter to families and employees on February 17, 2022: Will have absolutely zero tolerance for anyone who wants to threaten, tease or bully anyone else for their choice of whether or not to wear a mask. “
The CDC said on Friday that it would not require people to “wear face masks on buses or trucks operated by public or private school systems, including early car and education/care programs childcare” in areas with low or moderate COVID-19 transmission. .
Last week, the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education voted 8–0 to remove the mask requirement from its public schools.
#GOING ON NOW:
Anne Arundel County Board of Education Meeting
Manager @GeorgeArlotto recommends lifting mask regulations for schools
Indicates the County exceeded the threshold of +80% immunized
(note: does not apply to school bus masks still required)@wjz pic.twitter.com/U9P9SP9dJ0
– Annie Rose Ramos (@AnnieRoseNews) February 17, 2022
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The unanimous decision to change the masking mandate came as some parents challenged the Maryland State Board of Education’s masking mandate with a lawsuit.
Earlier this month, Governor Larry Hogan called on the Maryland State Board of Education to rescind its mask-wearing mandate, pointing out that the state’s health indicators are improving as the number of cases and hospitalizations continues. continued to weaken.
Hogan said in a letter to board chairman Clarence Crawford that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on children. They have been impacted by school closures and other disruptions that lead to learning disabilities and mental health challenges, he said.
“A growing number of health professionals, parents and bipartisan state officials across the country are calling for an end to school mask requirements,” Hogan wrote in the letter. “Given the dramatic improvements to our health metrics and the widespread availability of vaccines, I urge you to take action to repeal this policy.”
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Masks will continue to be required for everyone entering Fort Meade facilities and schools — such as Meade Heights Elementary School — in accordance with Department of Defense regulations, according to school officials. .
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