ASHLAND – Ashland Public Schools students will be required to wear a face covering or mask on school buses and in the school this week.
The Ashland School Committee voted on Thursday, February 18 to make masking optional starting Monday, March 7.
On Friday evening, theCenters for Disease Control released new guidance for masking. As a result, the CDC no longer recommends universal masking in schools or school buses.
“Due to the changes from the CDC and based on current School Committee policy, students will be required to wear masks on buses for this week. I will be asking the School Committee to remove this language from the current policy at their meeting this Thursday, March 3,” wrote Supt. Jim Adams to families last night.
“Ashland prides itself in creating a learning environment that values and respects differences. With this in mind, I remind everyone to respect each person’s decision on whether or not to wear a mask once it becomes optional. Many will continue to wear a mask due to facing higher health risks from COVID-19. Additionally, we have many in our school community who have family members or live with others who are immunocompromised. Please keep this in mind as you see people making choices that might be different than yours,” noted the Ashland Public Schools Superintendent.