Mask Mandate Continues At Maplewood Middle School

According to a letter the school administrator sent to district parents on Thursday, masking requirements will remain at Maplewood Middle School at least until this Thursday.

The principal, Dara Gronau, wrote to parents on Thursday, “This letter is to notify you that there has been an increase in instances of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as an epidemic discovered across all grades recently.” “However, the Maplewood Department of Health is demanding a return to universal masking INDOORS AND ON THE BUS for all MMS students and staff through June 23, 2022. Please be aware that instruction will continue to be delivered as usual. On June 24, 2022, we want to go back to mask optional inside.”

There were 18 incidents in the district during the past two weeks, according to a weekly case tracker for the schools.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, Grona said, “The District is cooperating closely with public health experts and adhering to Centers for Disease Control &Prevention (CDC), state, and local health department advice.”

Added she, “As a further reminder, the building undergoes daily cleaning and disinfection, especially in exposed and commonly handled places. As of March 14, 2022, the District is no longer advising the quarantine of the positive individual’s close school connections.”

Families were asked to maintain measures, keep ill children at home, and “consider wearing a mask when in school and in public situations,” among other advice.

The district had stated on June 10 that they would keep its mask requirement in place for PreK–3 pupils who had not received vaccinations until the conclusion of the school year.

Last week, the authorities reported 84 fatalities caused by COVID-19 across the state.

Federal representatives recommended a reintroduction to masks in indoor settings in 13 counties earlier this month, but they left Essex County out. Trenton renewed its mask requirement at about same time.

Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children aged 6 months and older have now received CDC approval, however they are not yet widely accessible.

Livingston is now the location of Essex County’s vaccination and testing facility.

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