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DESE Mask Mandate extended through January 15, 2022

At the special meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) on August 24, 2021,
the Board voted to declare “exigent circumstances” pursuant to the Student Learning Time (SLT)
regulations, 603 CMR 27.08 (1), and authorized the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary
Education to require masks for public school students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades through at
least October 1, 2021. The mask requirement is an important additional measure to keep students safe in
school at this time.


Consistent with the authority provided by the Board, and after consulting with medical experts and state health officials, the Commissioner is extending the mask requirement through at least January 15, 2022. The Department will continue to work with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond January 15.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Covid-19 Information and Resources