Massachusetts officials recommend masks for elementary students indoors

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CHICOPEE, M.A. (WWLP) — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has just released recommendations on masking in schools in the fall.

They are recommending that all students in kindergarten through 6th grade wear masks when inside. They are also recommending that unvaccinated students in all grades, as well as unvaccinated visitors, wear masks inside. However, vaccinated students can remain unmasked according to the latest guidance.

DESE and the Department of Public Health (DPH) say students and staff should continue hand hygiene practices, and stay home when sick. Both departments will continue to work with medical advisors and will update the mask guidance if needed. DPH released a statement on Friday that said, in part:

“The Department of Public Health released updated guidance today that recommends that a fully vaccinated person wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.”

-MASSACHUSETTS DPH

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