HOPKINTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hopkinton High School is in the lead when it comes to schools dropping mask requirements in the classroom.
In less than two weeks, a face covering will be optional after a majority vote by the school committee.
On November 1, fully vaccinated students at Hopkinton High will be allowed to walk the campus without a mask. This comes after the school reached and surpassed the state's 80-percent vaccination threshold.
In fact, 98-percent of the school's population is fully vaccinated. However, people that are not vaccinated, will still need to cover up.
The School Committee voted three to two in favor of lifting the state's mandate. Committee member Joe Markey says they have the scientific evidence to back up their decision.
"We have a state policy that is saying we're among the districts most favored to do this mask off ramping," said Markey.
This is part of a three-week trial and during the week of Thanksgiving, face masks will be required, and the committee will reassess the mask situation.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports: