The Talbot County school district does not currently plan to require masks for the 2021-22 school year.
Kelly Griffith, the Talbot County Public Schools superintendent, said during the July 21 Board of Education meeting that unvaccinated individuals will be advised to wear masks.
Griffith said the policy “could change” and the school district will continue to confer with the health department.
“If so advised, we will not hesitate to change the course and abide by whatever the Talbot County Department of Health advises,” Griffith said.
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All students will be required to wear masks on school buses in accordance with federal law.
Looking to the future, Griffith said Talbot County will consider weekly coronavirus rates in the county and the number of staff members vaccinated. Currently, Griffith said about 89% of the staff is vaccinated.
Talbot County will continue to practice frequent handwashing and enhanced cleaning in the upcoming school year.
Maddie Aiken is the community reporter for Delmarva Now. Email her story tips at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @madsaiken.