Md. Board of Ed. Sets Meeting To Review Mask Mandate

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The Maryland State Board of Education has scheduled a special virtual meeting for Tuesday, November 16th to gather feedback on the state’s emergency school mask requirement through public input and public health testimony.

The Board last spring passed a resolution calling for the return to safe, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. An emergency mask requirement was implemented.

Tuesday’s meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. and will be available via WebEx.

Access the complete agenda and livestream here.

The Board plans to provide an extended public comment period. Members will hear from several panels including Maryland parents and students, key education stakeholders and national public health experts. The Maryland Department of Health will also provide a status update on COVID-19 in the state and the Maryland State Department of Education will also provide an update.

The Department released these guidelines:

Public comment can be provided during this meeting according to the guidelines for virtual participation. Comments are limited to three minutes. Registration is limited to 20 individuals and is first come, first served. Once the 20-person maximum is reached additional individuals may be placed on a waiting list.

Registration for public comment is now open and ends at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 15. Interested individuals can register by calling the Office of the State Board of Education at 410-767-0467 and leaving a message, or by emailing your request to stateboard.msde@maryland.gov. Confirmed registrants will be notified and provided information to access the meeting, along with guidelines for participating.

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