Gov. Baker Says It’s OK To Remove Masks Outside, Pittsfield Public Schools To Adjust (Listen)
The CDC recently announced that vaccinated individuals can now ditch their masks indoors, (for the most part), and this prompted an update on the state level with Gov. Baker adjusting his guidance.
Within Baker's new guidelines, he mentions outdoor mask-wearing at the K-12 level.
Starting May 18, face coverings won’t be required in K-12 and childcare settings during outdoor activities like recess. Also on May 18, youth athletes 18 years old and younger won’t have to wear face coverings while playing sports outside.
Pittsfield Public Schools, however, have not adopted these new rules yet. Marjo had seen a group of students on recess at Egremont the other day in masks.
Slater caught up with interim Superintendent Joe Curtis about this Friday's school committee meeting regarding an adjustment to the new guidance.
"We just want to emphasize, because we have many parents, I made a phone call last night about the guidance release by Gov. Baker. I did indicate to all of our families that we will be putting out a summary to all families and be sending that out this Friday in relation to mask-wearing outside after the committee makes a decision", said Curtis. "And then just some slight adjustment to health and safety practices during the day in relation to sanitization and such. I will be providing that to all families this Friday."
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