Tue, 08/17/2021 - 9:24am

It was announced last week that universal indoor masking is required in all HCPSS schools and offices, regardless of vaccination status. This decision was made following the strong endorsement of universal masking by the Howard County Health Department, who referenced the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland Department of Health, and American Academy of Pediatrics. Masking is also required on school buses for everyone, regardless of age or vaccination status, in accordance with state and federal mandates. Masks are not required outdoors, but are still recommended for unvaccinated individuals.

There will be some students and staff, particularly students with disabilities, who may not be able to wear a mask. HCPSS staff will provide the necessary supports and accommodations to ensure those individuals may participate in in-person instruction in a safe and healthy manner. In addition to masking, several other mitigation strategies will be implemented to ensure school buildings remain healthy environments for teaching and learning.