Legislative Committee Votes to Rescind Statewide School Masking, Leave Decision to Locals

Today, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) approved emergency regulations to return masking policies for public schools to local decision making. 

At the February 25 virtual hearing of the AELR committee, members approved State Board of Education emergency regulations to return the masking in schools policies back to local boards of education in lieu of a statewide policy. The State Board of Education approved emergency regulations to do so earlier this week on February 22.

The committee hearing started with comments from State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury and State Board President Clarance Crawford. Choudhury noted that he came before the committee to end the regulations because they “did the right thing,” and “conditions are right.” Deliberation and the ultimate vote came after a period of public testimony.

Now, county authorities will be able to decide most appropriate masking policies for school facilities based on local COVID-19 precautions and considerations, and local sentiment.

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