Northampton Schools Reinstate Mask Mandate

Teacher and children with face mask back at school, disinfecting hands.

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NORTHAMPTON (WBZNewsRadio) — School officials in Northampton are reinstating a mask mandate throughout the district after a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Superintendent John Provost announced that masks would be mandatory in the school district through May 20. The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the Superintendent's Health Advisory Committee. The committee will reconvene later in the month to determine whether to extend the mask mandate past the May 20 expiration date.

In a letter sent home to parents this week, Superintendent Provost said that just from last Wednesday to Friday, the number of COVID cases reported in the school, rose from 64 to 139.

Northampton's school district was one of the last to lift it's mask requirements at the end of March.

Northampton isn't the only school district in the Northeast opting to mask-up again. Maine's largest school district, in Portland, said this week masks would return. And in Bangor, Maine, schools also brought back a mask requirement recently.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports:

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