On Monday, May 17, 2021, Governor Baker announced that the face covering order will be replaced with a face covering advisory on May 29th. Additionally, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its guidelines. On Tuesday, May 18, the Medical Advisory Team met to review this new information and the current mask guidelines. Taking into consideration the vaccine rate among our students, the participation in weekly pooled screening, and the recommendation from the CDC that schools should continue to implement and layer prevention strategies including prioritizing the universal and correct use of masks as well as maximizing physical distancing, the Medical Advisory Team is making the following recommendations:
Elementary School (Grades PK-5)
Masks are required on the bus
Masks are required while in the school building (except when eating)
Masks are required at recess
Classroom cohorts can intermingle at recess
Masks are not required in an outdoor classroom setting if seated and >6 feet apart
Sharing of materials is allowed
As restrictions are lifted, the Medical Advisory Team will continue to monitor the data and make adjustments to these guidelines as necessary.
The Northborough, Southborough and Northborough-Southborough Regional School Districts, in accordance with the federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination in its operations. This policy, providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all persons regardless of their race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, homelessness, national origin or disability, will apply to all persons affiliated with the Northborough, Southborough and Northborough-Southborough Regional School Districts including students, parents, employees and prospective employees.