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FRAMINGHAM – Keefe Technical High School is relaxing its face covering policy for outdoor events, but masks will still be required inside the school and on buses, announced Superintendent Jonathan Evans, tonight, May 19.

The “State has made additional changes to mask policies and guidance in response to continued improvement in COVID-19 statistics. After communicating with our local public health department, Keefe Tech will be making several changes to our school safety measures.  These changes are consistent with recently updated guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).  The following changes will take place beginning tomorrow, May 20, 2021,” wrote Evans to families tonight.

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“Students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained.  This applies to physical education, outdoor learning environments, and athletic practices and contests that take place outside.  We will continue to encourage students to maintain distancing,” wrote Supt. Evans.

“Students no longer have to avoid sharing objects, such as classroom materials, tools, items for physical education and sports, or art supplies.  Please note that even though objects and surfaces no longer need to be disinfected between use by students, Keefe Tech will continue to do extensive cleaning to frequently touched areas in the building throughout the day,” wrote Evans.

“While masks will no longer be required in the outdoor situations indicated in this message, students can still wear masks if they or their family wish to continue this practice.  We encourage families to discuss this change in guidance,” wrote the superintendent.

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