BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — This upcoming school year may feel close to normal. Gov. Charlie Baker announced that students returning in the fall will not need to wear masks.
“We should expect that when kids go back to school in the fall, they’re going to be going back to a school that looks and feels a lot like the one they went to before COVID,” Governor Baker stated Thursday.
During the announcement, Baker clarified that there could be adjustments based on COVID-19 cases going into the fall.
“In the fall at this time, all restrictions, including masks, have been lifted,” Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley stated, according to WBZ-TV.
Riley further explained that those in summer school right now are recommended to wear a mask but not required.
If vaccination rates continue to rise and cases continue to lower, Baker and Riley believe classrooms will be fully mask-free for students.