Annapolis, MD (Arundel.News & AAFA)- More than 80% of respondents want to end masking in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, according to an independent poll taken on Arundel.News. Over 2,000 people took our poll, with an overwhelming majority in support of unmasking children. On 2/15, County Executive Pittman rolled back masking requirements for county buildings and facilities, due to declining COVID numbers. Tonight, the Anne Arundel County Board Of Education meets to hear public testimony on the matter concerning Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Meanwhile, Governor Hogan is ending mask requirements for all state buildings on February 22nd. In a recent Tweet, Hogan said that he is in support of rescinding the State Board Of Education's policy on masking, during its meeting on 2/22.
 
According to the Maryland State Board Of Education, it uses three metrics to determine if masking in necessary within schools. More from the State website:
 

"At each monthly meeting, the State Board reviews current COVID-19 metrics in the State to assess the need for the continuation of the regulation; the next review will occur at the next State Board meeting on February 22, 2022. As a transition to ultimately lifting the face covering requirement, these research-based off ramps allow local superintendents and school boards to unilaterally lift the requirement as follows:

  1. If at least 80 percent of the county population in the county where the schools are located is fully vaccinated, as reported by MDH.
  2. The local superintendent may lift the face covering requirement for a school facility or facilities after a principal or designated school official verifies that 80 percent of the school staff and students in the school facility have been fully vaccinated.
  3. The local superintendent may lift the face covering requirement in schools if the county has sustained 14 consecutive days of moderate or low transmission rate of COVID-19 cases, as reported by the CDC."
 

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