Framingham Superintendent: Masks No Longer Required For Lunch, Recess, & Outdoor Activities

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools will no longer require any type of face covering to be worn outside during regular recess, lunch, mask breaks, outdoor classes like physical education and/or music, and most other outdoor activities, effective Wednesday, may 26, announced Superintendent Bob Tremblay this afternoon.

“It is important to note that face coverings/masks are one of the single most important tools used to contain the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to require all students and staff to wear masks that adequately cover their nose and mouth while indoors. Families who prefer their students continue to wear masks outside are encouraged to have their children continue this practice while at school,” wrote Tremblay.

“As the weather gets warmer and as our City’s daily rate of COVID-19 cases continues to drop, I hope this news comes as a relief to everyone. In the several weeks of school that remain we must continue to practice all of the risk mitigation measures that we become expert with over the last year. I will continue to provide additional guidance as it becomes available,” wrote Tremblay.

The Superintendent said “With sometimes competing guidance from the Baker Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and most recently the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) coupled with local expectations established through FPS policies and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Framingham Teachers Association (FTA), I understand that knowing how to proceed right now is very confusing.”

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