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Calvert County Schools To Require Masks With A Full Capacity Return

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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. -- In a recently distributed "Reopening Plan" for the 2021-2022 school year, Calvert County Public Schools has opted in to a number of safety protocols.

One of the most notable protocols surrounds masking guidelines for students, staff and visitors.

The plan reads:

"Calvert County Public Schools have determined that schools will reopen to full instruction in the fall of 2021. This means that schools will return to full capacity and instructional programs. To do this safely for all students and staff, the following guidance will be implemented...

  • Due to vaccination restrictions, the only protection against COVID-19 for students under the age of 12 is proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, social distancing, screening, testing, quarantine, and wearing a mask.
  • Calvert County Public Schools will require all staff, students, and visitors in all schools PreK-12 to wear masks in school buildings regardless of vaccination status."

The plan continues to acknowledge problems that some students may face with wearing a mask for an extended period of time.

"With intentional, proactive, individualized instruction and behavior support, many students can learn to wear a mask properly for sustained periods," the plan reads. "Some students may require a disability or health-related accommodation in regard to wearing a mask or other face covering. While a small number of students may be unable to use masks for medical or sensory reasons, for most, mask-wearing is a skill that can be taught using effective instructional practices."

The plan goes on to address a number of other concerns such as contact tracing efforts and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students. Another item listed talks about how health screenings will be necessary, and puts emphasis on the 10-day isolation period that may be required if someone tests positive for COVID-19. 

School bus transportation is one more item addressed in the plan, requiring students to mask up on buses, similarly to how it is a current requirement on all public transportation.

Regarding student-athletes, the plan says that:

  • "Masks will not be required when students are participating outside, and conditions allow for distancing among participants.
  • Masks will be required indoors according to the current CCPS masking policy."

The plan addresses a number of other details about what the next school year may look like in Calvert County as students prepare to return at the end of August.

In addition to this plan, parents received two letters today: one from CCPS Superintendent Dr. Daniel Curry, and another from Calvert County Health Officer Larry Polsky, M.D. See a copy of those full letters below:

To read the full reopening plan, CLICK HERE

 

This is a developing story. We will continue to provide additional updates and details as they become available.

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