DESE Masking / Face Covering Requirements

As was anticipated, earlier today the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued requirements for masking that are to be implemented at all of our schools effective immediately. These requirements state that public school “students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades are required to wear masks indoors in schools…. Masks are not required outdoors. All visitors are expected to wear masks indoors. The mask requirement will be in place until at least October 1, 2021. The Commissioner will revisit the requirement in the near future to revise it as warranted by public health data.” Other stipulations and exceptions, as well as the role of schools in communicating plans to DESE and to students and families can be found in the guidance.