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Maryland board OKs regulation to let some schools drop masks

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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.