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Committee votes to officially lift statewide mask mandate in public schools

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Posted at 1:14 AM, Feb 25, 2022

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A committee of lawmakers on Friday officially lifted Maryland's mask mandate in public schools, effective March 1.

The decision follows a 12-2 vote earlier this week by the State Board of Education, that gave local school districts full authority on whether or not to leave mask requirements in place.

Up until the vote, Anne Arundel had been the only school system with an optional masking policy in place.

Since the vote, Carroll and Cecil County Public Schools have joined them.

Howard County announced they will implement optional masking on March 1, which is when the state board's vote officially goes into effect.

Here is what other local school systems have decided so far:

  • Baltimore City: Masks optional beginning March 14.
  • Baltimore County: Masks optional effective March 1.
  • Harford County: Masks optional effective March 1.