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THE FIRST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE STATE TO MAKE MASKING OPTIONAL. AND THEY SAY THEY ARE NOT GOING BACK ON THEIR WORD. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY AN INCRSEEA IS COVID CASEISS WHAT IS DRIVING THE DECISN IOTO RECOMMEND STUDENTS AND STAFF MASK UP IN SCHOOLS. THSCHOE OL SYSTEM SPOKESMAN SHOWED US WHAT THE DISTRICT HAS IN MIND. >> SO, AN OUTBREAK IS THREE OR MORE CASES IN THE SAME CLASSROOM OR COHORT IN A 14-DAY PERIOD.OOM IN THOSE INSTANCES THE , DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WOULD ASK US TO SEND HOME UNVACCINATED STUDTSEN IN A CLASS. AS AN EXAMPLE THESE SIX STUDENTS , WOULD HAVE TO CURRENTLY GO HO. METIM SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY MASKI : IS NECESSARY, BUT HOPE IT’S TEMPORARY. >> THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS THAT WHEN SCHOOLS HIT THAT THRESHOLD OF 5% POSITIVITY THAT WE WILL , ASK STUDENTS AND STAFF TMASKO FOR A PERIOD OF TEN DAYS AND WE WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH CID TEST TO TAKE AT HOME. TIM: SOME ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PARENTS AREN’T SO SURE MASKING IS THE BEST APPROACH. >> I DON’T THINK IT’S NECESSARY, I DON’T THINK IT’S NECESSARY. I MEAN THE COVID CASE ARE INGO UP, THAT’S FINE. >> IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. THE DSKI ARE SO OVERT. I IT’S A LOT FOR THEM TO HAVE TO WEAR THEM ALL DAY TIM IN A STATEMENT, THE HEAD OF : THE PTA COUNCIL OF ANNE A RUNDLE COUNTY SAID, “I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT FAMILIES HAVE A CHOICE WHETHER IT’S TO MASK OR TO GET VACCINATED THAT THEY DO WHAT’S BEST FOR THEIR HOUSEHOLD. I BELIEVE THAT KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE AND HEALTHY IN SCHOOLS IS THE NUMBER-ONE PRIORITY.” SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THEY ALSO SEE HEALTH AND SAFETY AS PRIORITY AND SAY THAT’S WHY THEY’RE MAKING THIS RECOMMENDAONTI THIS DISCUSSION COM

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Anne Arundel County Board of Education takes up face mask debate again

As COVID-19 case rates continue to climb, officials at Anne Arundel County Public Schools are asking students and staff to consider wearing face masks.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||Anne Arundel County was the first school system in the state to make masking optional. But school officials contend they are not going back on their word.The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the matter at Wednesday night’s meeting.| RELATED: Officials say more areas of US may see mask recommendationsAACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said the goal is to keep both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff safe in classrooms. That would, in turn, keep them from disrupting the school year with only 25 days left to go.”So, an outbreak is three or more cases in the same classroom or cohort in a 14-day period. So, in those instances, the Department of Health would ask us to send home unvaccinated students in a class. So, as an example, these six students would have to currently go home,” Mosier said.The district said it’s trying to avoid having to take such action.”The recommendation from the Department of Health is that when schools hit that threshold of 5% of positivity that we will ask students and staff to mask for a period of 10 days and we will provide them with COVID test to take at home,” Mosier said.Some Anne Arundel County parents are skeptical about having their children return to wearing masks.”I don’t think it’s necessary. I mean, the COVID cases are going up, that’s fine. It’s not going anywhere,” said Tiffany Ireland, a parent.”The kids are so over it. It’s a lot for them to have to wear them all day,” said Chelsea Owen, a parent.| FEBRUARY: Maryland school districts can now decide face mask policyIn a statement, Mallory LaFon, president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, said, “I think it’s important that families have a choice — whether it’s to mask or to get vaccinated — that they do what’s best for their household. I believe that keeping our children safe and healthy in schools is the No. 1 priority.”The school district will weigh public opinion with what it believes is the best way to keep students and staff safe until summer. This report will be updated after Wednesday night’s board meeting.

As COVID-19 case rates continue to climb, officials at Anne Arundel County Public Schools are asking students and staff to consider wearing face masks.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

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Anne Arundel County was the first school system in the state to make masking optional. But school officials contend they are not going back on their word.

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the matter at Wednesday night’s meeting.

| RELATED: Officials say more areas of US may see mask recommendations

AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said the goal is to keep both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff safe in classrooms. That would, in turn, keep them from disrupting the school year with only 25 days left to go.

“So, an outbreak is three or more cases in the same classroom or cohort in a 14-day period. So, in those instances, the Department of Health would ask us to send home unvaccinated students in a class. So, as an example, these six students would have to currently go home,” Mosier said.

The district said it’s trying to avoid having to take such action.

“The recommendation from the Department of Health is that when schools hit that threshold of 5% of positivity that we will ask students and staff to mask for a period of 10 days and we will provide them with COVID test to take at home,” Mosier said.

Some Anne Arundel County parents are skeptical about having their children return to wearing masks.

“I don’t think it’s necessary. I mean, the COVID cases are going up, that’s fine. It’s not going anywhere,” said Tiffany Ireland, a parent.

“The kids are so over it. It’s a lot for them to have to wear them all day,” said Chelsea Owen, a parent.

| FEBRUARY: Maryland school districts can now decide face mask policy

In a statement, Mallory LaFon, president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, said, “I think it’s important that families have a choice — whether it’s to mask or to get vaccinated — that they do what’s best for their household. I believe that keeping our children safe and healthy in schools is the No. 1 priority.”

The school district will weigh public opinion with what it believes is the best way to keep students and staff safe until summer. This report will be updated after Wednesday night’s board meeting.

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