Many Massachusetts Schools No Longer Require Masks As Mandate Drops Monday

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As students across the state come back from February vacation on Monday, many will leave their masks at home. Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is allowing its statewide mask mandate to lapse.

The mandate was first put in place at the beginning of the school year in the fall and was extended three times, most recently in early January. Districts still have the choice to keep their mandates in place, and some, including Boston, are choosing to do so. Other large districts keeping the mandate, at least for now, include Springfield and Cambridge.

Brockton Public Schools is one of the bigger districts dropping masks on Monday. Brockton Superintendent Michael Thomas told WBZ-TV that it's time for “us to see the smiling faces of our kids,” in an interview Sunday.

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