Boston students will still be wearing masks in school this fall, mayor announces

Boston students will still be wearing masks in school this fall, mayor announces

Boston Public School students will continue to be required to wear masks when the upcoming school year begins, Boston's mayor announced on the same day that Massachusetts' governor said his administration has no plans to implement such a mandate statewide. Janey's decision is consistent with this weeks' recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which suggested everyone over the age of 2 should wear masks in the upcoming school year, regardless of vaccination status. The AAP noted that "a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines.""As folks know, there are a number of children who still are not eligible for the vaccine," Mayor Kim Janey said about the reason for her decision. "And so children are currently wearing masks as they are in summer school and in different programs throughout the city. And, this fall, they will be wearing masks still." The most recent guidance from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education encourages, but does not require, masking during summer school. DESE's current guidance indicates all health and safety recommendations will be lifted …
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