No Mask Mandate for Dorchester County Public Schools as Superintendent Opts for Strong Recommendation

VIENNA, Md. –  As school districts across the nation grapple with what guidance they will be requiring for students, staff, and teachers in their schools, Dorchester County Public school Superintendent Dave Bromwell announced his district would not be mandating masks, instead opting for a strong recommendation.

He says this year they will be looking at schools individually when they consider guidance, based on the number of cases.

That’s why he doesn’t believe in forcing a hypothetical school with no cases to mask up if cases begin to pop up at another one.

He says his guidance for masks is the same as the CDC’s; highly recommending them but not mandating them.

“Unless the governor gives us an executive order or a state of emergency or the Maryland department of health mandates masks-we are going to do what they do- strongly recommend it to our staff and students and stick with it,” Bromwell said.

Bromwell said he would also not consider a vaccine mandate for staff and teachers until the vaccines reached full approval through the FDA.

The vaccines are currently being administered under an emergency use authorization from the FDA.

Bromwell told 47ABC that he had initially been told by the state that districts like his would have access to state resources to facilitate testing of students, but has yet to hear back on when those services are expected to become available.

“Without them I mean we can’t ask our nurses to run this thing it takes an army for that kind of testing,” he said.

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