Charlie Baker talks ‘stay-tuned rule’ with Massachusetts student mask mandate – Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker is sticking by his decision not to order a universal mask mandate for students and school staffers this fall — for now, but hinted at a “stay-tuned rule” when it comes to constantly changing coronavirus recommendations.

“The reason we did this as a series of guidances, advisories and recommendations is because different communities are in different places,” Baker said, speaking at a childcare facility in Revere on Tuesday.

“There is kind of a stay-tuned rule associated with all this,” he continued.

Baker was at For Kids Only – Youth in Motion to highlight his administration’s $70 million contribution to summer learning programs designed, in part, to prepare students for a full return to in-person learning this fall.

“We obviously wanted to make sure there were opportunities available for kids, especially given how difficult and unpredictable the last year has been for children generally,” Baker said,

But what school will look like for students and staffers is still a resonating question as the Delta variant rages in Massachusetts and nationwide.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo has already ordered everyone to start masking up inside public buildings in accordance with updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidance. City officials are still discussing whether masks will be required when school resumes later this month.

The CDC has recommended masks in all schools this fall. Baker did not take the leap when updating mask guidance last week and again on Tuesday defended his decision to allow districts to decide for themselves how to approach masks.

“Our guidance, which really focused on vulnerable populations and people who are most at risk, was the right way to go and I don’t think a county-based approach at this point is the right way to go

“It’s very difficult for me as the governor of the commonwealth where 80% of adults have at least one dose and when 70% of our population is fully vaccinated, to think about national guidance,” Baker continued.

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Vertical Lobby is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment