SCPS Makes Masks Optional Effective Immediately

WESTOVER, MD, February 25, 2022 – In response to the recent decision by the Maryland State Board of Education to rescind its emergency masking regulation in school facilities and subsequent approval by the Maryland General Assembly’s joint committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR), Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) has announced that effective immediately, masks will become optional for all school building occupants. 
Based on the positive trends in the county’s COVID-19 health metrics, SCPS administration intends to revert back to Mask Optional policy #200-27 for students, staff and visitors in school buildings passed by the Somerset Board of Education at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, the CDC regulation requiring masks on all public school transportation vehicles was lifted, making masks optional on SCPS school buses and vans. 
Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis shared, “We are happy to be in a place where we can now offer students and staff a choice. Masks were just one part of our health and safety protocols designed to keep our schools open for in-person learning. We continue to remain vigilant by monitoring our local health metrics and upholding all other health and safety protocols which encourage proper hygiene, distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting in schools. Students and staff who prefer to continue wearing a mask in our buildings may do so, if they choose.” 
Staff, parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their school administration team with any questions about this change.