BALTIMORE (WJZ) Catholic schools in the area will adopt an optional masking policy next week in jurisdictions where no authorization has been given, the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Friday.
Based on an article in Catholic ReviewsOfficial body of the archdiocese, James Seller, principal of Catholic schools, and Dr. Donna Hargens, superintendent of Catholic schools, have announced the policy.
The change goes into effect Monday, February 14. Previously, all Catholic schools had to wear masks.
In a letter, Seller and Hargens wrote that the change comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has declined since the emergence of the Omicron variant.
“The parental choice concealment movement is about the individual responsibility of parents and responsibility for the health and well-being of their children,” they wrote.
According to Catholic Reviews.
Schools will continue to offer rapid tests and student surveillance, and anyone exhibiting COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms is encouraged to stay home, Seller and Hargens wrote.
Based on its website, The Archdiocese of Baltimore enrolls 24,000 students at 40 elementary and middle schools, 18 high schools, and an early learning center. The organization has schools in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, and Washington counties, as well as the City of Baltimore.
On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan appealed to the Maryland State Board of Education abandoned its masked duty at public schools.
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