MCPS: Board of Education to Address Mask Mandate at March 8 Meeting

Montgomery County Public Schools confirmed that the mask mandate will be addressed at the March 8th Board of Education meeting.

Last Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Education voted 12-2  to rescind its statewide mask mandate for public schools, effective March 1. The Maryland General Assembly’s Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee (AELR) met on Friday, February 25, and approved the Maryland State BOE’s decision.

MCPS Superintendent Monifa McKnight  previously stated she was waiting on the AELR’s decision before moving forward with any changes.

Per MCPS:

It is anticipated that the Montgomery County Board of Education, at its March 8 business meeting, will vote to make masks optional in MCPS facilities. This action is based on the Maryland Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote on Friday, Feb. 25 affirming the state Board of Education’s decision to rescind the emergency mask mandate for schools in Maryland.  This action, the decline in cases, updated guidance from the CDC and the lifting of the county indoor mask mandate indicate that MCPS can operate with optional masking.

Per MCPS:

It is anticipated that the Montgomery County Board of Education, at its March 8 business meeting, will vote to make masks optional in MCPS facilities. This action is based on the Maryland Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) vote on Friday, Feb. 25 affirming the state Board of Education’s decision to rescind the emergency mask mandate for schools in Maryland.  This action, the decline in cases, updated guidance from the CDC and the lifting of the county indoor mask mandate indicate that MCPS can operate with optional masking.

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