SWANSEA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As a tribute to the lifting of mask mandates across Massachusetts, some students and staff from Joseph Case High School in Swansea decided to sing a parody version of "Tomorrow" from Annie, with lyrics celebrating the ditching of required facial coverings in class.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education stated in January that the mask requirement for K-12 public schools would end on Monday, February 28.
On Sunday, the day before the mandate ended, JCHS posted a YouTube video featuring a dance number, drone cinematography, with student vocalists and Principal Brian McCann singing "There's No Masks Tomorrow," a musical production that swapped in lyrics about the incoming masking options.
"We hope this brings smiles to faces- that we can finally see again!" McCann said on Twitter.
Superintendent of Swansea Public Schools John Robidoux said that while masks will not be required going forward, they are "still strongly recommended, especially if symptomatic and on days six to ten after isolation from being positive with COVID."
In Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu said that masks will be required for public schools for "the time being," despite the statewide mandate expired. But many schools, like JCHS, said they are going along with the state and going mask-free in class.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.