We received a press release from the Governor’s Office regarding several changes to COVID protocols, including mask-wearing outside. For example:
On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low rate of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Effective May 18, this guidance update applies to recess, physical education, youth sports, and outdoor learning environments. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks indoors.
On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low likelihood of surface transmission of COVID-19, schools no longer have to avoid sharing objects. This includes classroom materials, items for physical education, or art supplies. Shared objects no longer have to be cleaned or disinfected between use and should follow the updated cleaning guidance outlined below.
Currently, we are reviewing this new information and deciding how to adjust our protocols accordingly. Until then we are following the same mask-wearing protocols that have been in place all year.
After meeting with the medical professionals, I will be sharing more specific information by the end of this week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Maynard Public Schools