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Today the Massachusetts Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released a memo announcing an end to the statewide school mask mandate on February 28, 2022.

The memo states,

After consulting with medical experts and state health officials, the Commissioner will not renew the state mask requirement after it expires on February 28, 2022. Effective Monday, February 28, the DESE mask requirement will be lifted statewide.

Unfortunately, this will have no effect for school kids in East Longmeadow where the town’s health board has imposed its own mask mandate for all indoor public settings including schools.

The health board is scheduled to meet this week. For their agenda click here. If you support ending the local mask mandate, please attend the meeting and state your opinions during public comment or email the board members directly.

For each member’s email address click here.