This afternoon, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to require masks in all public schools as it seeks to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant.
The State Board of Education passed emergency regulations to require masks in all of the states’ public school facilities to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. The decision comes as Marylanders prepare for the start of the school year.
Per the emergency regulations, the mandate could last for up to 180 days, but the board noted that the the situation is dynamic and the the mandate could expire sooner if the state’s COVID data improves. Prior to today, all but five counties required masking in schools to some degree.
The regulations will now need to be approved by the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) before being implemented.
According to state data, several schools that have already started their academic year have experienced positive cases and quarantines. This data is available and updated on the state’s coronavirus website.