Worcester Prep announces mask optional policy for students, staff
BERLIN, Md. – On Tuesday, the Worcester Preparatory School Task Force approved a mask optional protocol, effective immediately.
We’re told the Task Force met to discuss the current metrics related to COVID, including case numbers in Worcester County and the surrounding areas. In response to declining positivity rates and the increasing number of fully vaccinated individuals within the school community, Worcester Prep has adopted a schoolwide mask optional protocol for faculty, staff, and students.
“Based on the WPS positivity trends over the past few weeks, the letter from Governor Hogan and from the Worcester County Councilmen, we believe this was the appropriate time to move to mask optional,” Head of School Dr. John McDonald says. “We will continue to monitor and make adjustments when necessary.”
Faculty, staff, and students who test positive for the virus will be required to isolate and quarantine based on guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and CDC. Contact tracing will be handled exclusively by the local county health departments, and members of the school community should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID and stay home when they are feeling sick.
The federal mandate requiring masks on all school transportation, including field trips and sports travel, remains in effect.
The school administration and Task Force will continue to monitor the virus numbers and adjust this protocol if needed.