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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has extended the mask mandate for K-12 public schools through at least January 15, 2022.

In a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner Riley said, “Masks remain a simple and effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep students in school safely.  Together with the Test and Stay program, high vaccination rates, low transmission rates in schools and all the hard work in keeping our students safe, our kids are able to stay in school where they belong and can flourish.”

The press release also noted, “School officials will continue to be able to lift the mask requirement if they can demonstrate that at least 80 percent of all students and staff in a school building are vaccinated after submitting documentation to DESE.”

You can read the entire press release in the link in the DESE’s tweet below.