CDC: Vaccinated or not, students should wear masks in school this fall

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The CDC is now recommending that students wear masks when they return to school this fall. 

Regardless of your child’s vaccination status, new guidance from the CDC recommends that students wear masks in the classroom. But many on Beacon Hill say that’s not necessary at this point. 

For several weeks now, state leaders have gone back and forth over mask-wearing guidance for the upcoming school year. Parts of Massachusetts are currently seeing a surge in COVID cases due to the delta variant, which is prompting education officials to call for a mask mandate.  

 But lawmakers say it is too soon to put one back in place, especially in parts of the state where cases remain low. 

“What we’re consistently hearing from the public health community is that it’s the community where the school is located that is going to determine the risk level,” said Sen. Eric Lesser. 

Governor Charlie Baker has said several times that a mask mandate is not needed right now. Statehouse leaders have not ruled out the possibility of implementing one once we get closer to the start of the school year.  

As of right now, Massachusetts students will not have to wear a mask when they return to the classroom. 

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