Results of Emergency School Committee Meeting on 5/18/2021

At an emergency Cohasset School Committee Meeting that took place today, the Cohasset School Committee voted to suspend the face covering policy in so much as it conflicts with the relaxed guidance regarding the wearing of masks and face coverings by students that was sent out yesterday by Governor Baker and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and today by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Effective immediately, the school committee vote rescinds the requirement for students in grades PK- 12 to wear masks / face coverings outdoors, including in outdoor physical education classes, in outdoor learning environments, and during recess. The vote also allows all students playing a spring sport that takes place outdoors to play and practice without a mask or face covering. In short, students no longer have to wear masks outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Students can still maintain wearing a mask / face covering outdoors if they wish to do so. It is important to note that, at this time, all adults and students must continue to wear masks inside all school buildings and on the bus.

Operationally, we are immediately also following the guidance regarding shared materials, and we will be lifting the gathering limits for school activities (when applicable) beginning on May 29, 2021, as advised. However, we will continue our current successful cleaning routines and practices throughout the remainder of the school year. Here is the DESE Frequently Asked Question Document, which highlights the change in guidance that impact schools.

Finally, after discussion with our Public Health Agents, it has been determined that seniors attending our outdoor prom this Friday, May 21, 2021, and participating in our outdoor graduation on May 28, 2021, will not be required to wear masks. However, all students who are riding the bus shuttle going between prom pictures and the prom will be required to wear masks on the bus only. Further details regarding prom and graduation may be discussed at tomorrow night’s school committee meeting, and will be communicated by Principal Scott to those participating in prom and graduation in the coming days. Have a nice evening.