WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington currently has just 15 residents with COVID-19, according to the Wilmington Health Department’s latest update. 73.3% of Wilmington residents are fully vaccinated, with 80.7% receiving at least one shot, according to recent state data.
As a result, the Town of Wilmington is lifting its mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals in town-owned buildings effective Monday, February 14, 2022. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks.
The Wilmington School Committee is expected to vote at its next meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 whether to lift mask mandates in school buildings effective February 28, 2022, following new guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A vote by the School Committee is required to lift the mandate.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Glenn Brand — and health officials in Wilmington — are supportive of lifting the mask mandate.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Wilmington Public Schools have aligned our actions and decision making with the guidance of DESE and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,” Dr. Glenn Brand recently wrote in a letter to parents and guardians. “After consulting with our WPS school physician, the Wilmington Board of Health, and our Coordinator of Health Services, who are all supportive of removing the masking mandate here in WPS, I want to let you know that I plan to recommend to the School Committee at their February 16 meeting that we adjust our current masking policy accordingly and continue to follow DESE guidance.”
Parents and guardians may get a good indication of how the School Committee is likely to vote when three of the committee’s seven members meet to discuss revising the district’s current face coverings policy in a Policy Subcommittee Meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at noon on Zoom. The meeting is public and public comments will be accepted. The Zoom login information can be found HERE.
The full School Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. The meeting is public and public comments will be accepted. The meeting will be televised live on WCTV and wctv.org. Discussion on the masks likely won’t take place until the end of the meeting, unless agenda items are taken out of order.
Regardless of the School Committee’s vote, students will still be required to wear masks while traveling on school buses, for the time being, per a federal order.
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