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Maryland board OKs regulation to let some schools drop masks

Maryland State Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Maryland State Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s Board of Education has passed a regulation that would lead to dropping mask mandates in public schools if certain criteria are met.

News outlets report that the board approved an emergency regulation Tuesday with a 12-1 vote.

School districts could drop the mandate if 80% of students and staff in a school are fully vaccinated or if 80% of a county’s or city’s population is fully vaccinated.

A district could also drop the mandate if the coronavirus transmission rate is in the low or moderate range for 14 days.

The regulation needs legislative approval.