To the King Philip Regional School Community,
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to inform you that the district is moving forward with rescinding the masking requirement for vaccinated individuals at King Philip Regional High School.
Under the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s current mask mandate, schools with a vaccination rate of greater than 80% of all students and staff may file for an exemption from the mask requirement.
As of Monday, Nov. 8, our high school has reached 80% of staff and students fully vaccinated. As such, we made the decision to move forward with the exemption process and filed for a mask exemption waiver at King Philip Regional High School, which was approved by the state today.
Effective Monday, Nov. 15, King Philip Regional High School will officially rescind the DESE-mandated mask requirement for all vaccinated individuals at our high school.
In accordance with state guidelines, the mask exemption will only apply to students and staff who are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated students or staff, visitors, volunteers or vendors to King Philip Regional High School will continue to be required to wear a mask while indoors. Masks will also still be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, within the school nurse’s office and on school transportation, as well as for student-athletes and coaches during any indoor sports-related activities.
At this time, the King Philip Regional Middle School’s vaccination rate is 75%. Once the 80% vaccination threshold is achieved, King Philip administration will submit an attestation form to DESE to rescind its mask requirement for the middle school as well. We will continue to share additional updates regarding the masking protocols at our middle school as they become available. We continue to encourage our community members to get vaccinated so that the middle school can join the high school in meeting the criteria needed to rescind the mask mandate. To find nearby vaccination sites, click here.
Additionally, King Philip Regional High School will host a vaccine clinic for the Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham and King Philip Schools inside the high school’s gym on Monday, November 22, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. At the clinic, students ages 5 and up, their families and the staff from any of the four districts will be able to receive a Pfizer vaccine. Those interested in attending must pre-register for the clinic here.
We thank everyone for their steadfast cooperation and for assisting us in reaching this vaccination threshold. This is extremely exciting news and we couldn’t have done it without our community members’ willingness to do their part to stop the spread.
Paul A. Zinni, C.A.G.S.
The King Philip Regional School District inspires students to develop their passions and