Prince George's County Schools Make Masks Optional

Prince George's County's COVID-19 community levels are low, according to the CDC

A student wearing a face mask.
NBC Bay Area

Masks are optional inside Prince George’s County Public Schools again starting Tuesday, the school district announced. The change was made amid declining local COVID-19 rates.

The district first announced the return of a mask mandate on August 15. Students returned to the classroom on August 29.

“All staff, students and families are encouraged to support personal decisions on mask-wearing,” the district said in a statement.

In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the county’s COVID-19 community level as high. As of Tuesday, the county’s community level was low.

The district said it will continue to monitor COVID-19 levels and consult with health experts when it comes to determining mask-wearing policies.

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