Anne Arundel County Board of Education Votes 8-0 To End Mask Mandate – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – On Wednesday, the Ann Arundel County Board of Education voted 8-0 to remove the mask mandate from public schools.

This means that the masks will be optional for students of Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 19 February.

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Parents across Maryland shared the topic of masks in schools.

And those who are adamant about removing them are taking new steps to achieve that goal.

On Tuesday, a coalition of parents filed a lawsuit challenging the mandate of the Maryland Board of Education.

Current board policies allow schools to undo masks if at least 80% of the county’s population is vaccinated, if 80% of school staff and students are fully vaccinated, and if the county has been 14 and consecutive days with moderate and low COVID-19 transmission rates.

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“The parents ‘patience has really begun to end, and they are trying to put an end to it,” said lawyer Ed Hartman III, who represents a group led by the Maryland Parents’ Coalition.

Last week, the council explained in a press release that its immediate findings are based on science, research and recommendations from health experts, including the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health.

Anne Arundel County Public School Superintendent George Arlota has recommended repealing the mask mandate, citing statistics showing that the county meets “80% of those vaccinated” outside the ramp needed to remove the mask mandate.Ar

Earlier this month, Gov. Larry Hogan called on the Maryland Department of Education to cancel its mandate on masks, pointing to improved health as the increase in cases and hospitalizations caused by Omicron continues to decline.

Hogan said in a letter to Board President Clarence Crawford that the COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse effect on children. He said they suffered from school closures and other disruptions that led to loss of education and mental health problems.

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“A growing number of health workers, parents and bipartisan government officials across the country are calling for an end to demands for school masks,” Hogan wrote in a letter. “In light of the dramatic improvement in our health and the widespread availability of vaccines, I urge you to take action to repeal this policy.”

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