Letter to Families Regarding Masks

Letter to Families Regarding Masks
Posted on 02/09/2022
This is the image for the news article titled  Letter to Families Regarding MasksFebruary 9, 2022

Greetings Burlington Staff and Families:

Governor Baker announced this morning that the state’s mask requirement for schools
will not be extended beyond February 28th. Because of this change, the Burlington
School Committee will be rescinding their face covering policy across all schools and
implementing a mask optional protocol on Monday, February 28th with the following
exceptions.

● Masks are still required on school buses. This requirement is a Federal order
and needs to be changed by the Federal Government.

● Federal law also requires individuals to wear masks in health care settings.
Because our nurses’ offices are considered health care settings, masks will need
to be worn by students and staff while inside the nurses’ office.

The mask optional protocol means that any students or staff member who wishes to
continue to wear a mask throughout the day may do so. Students and staff who choose
to wear a mask or to not wear a mask will all be supported and honored.

As a part of the announcement, the Commissioner stated, “DESE continues to
recommend that districts and schools adopt a layered approach to mitigate the spread
of COVID-19 in school settings. DESE and DPH continue to strongly urge all eligible
individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster and continue to support
schools with vaccination clinics. Other mitigations include participating in the statewide
COVID-19 testing program, maintaining good hand hygiene practices, and staying
home when sick.”

Thank you for your patience as our state protocols change and we make adjustments.
My belief is that we will continue to reduce the mitigation measures that have been in
place since March 12, 2019 as we move into springtime.

Again, thank you.
Eric Conti, Superintendent of Schools