Updated Mask Guidance for School Buses

To the King Philip School Community:

I hope you had a fun and relaxing vacation week. I am writing to inform you of the latest update from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the federal requirement to wear masks while riding school buses. Late Friday, the CDC announced that, effective February 25, 2022, it is no longer requiring that masks be worn on school buses or vans for K-12 students and children in childcare programs. The updated CDC guidance is available here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html.

As a result of this announcement, we would like to inform you that effective tomorrow, Monday, February 28, masking will be optional for all students when riding the school bus to and from school. Community members should note that masking will still be required for any students and staff who need to visit the school health offices.

As always, we ask that if you don’t feel well, please stay home and isolate yourself from others. Those who have COVID-19 symptoms are identified as a close contact, or test positive for COVID-19 should contact the school nurses for further information related to quarantine and testing protocols.

We continue to thank you for your patience and cooperation over the past two years.

Paul A. Zinni, C.A.G.S.
Superintendent of Schools
King Philip Regional School District

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