WESTOVER — While Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency order to include the mask mandate may have expired on July 1 there’s still a place masks must be worn.
Federally-regulated transportation services which includes school buses continue to require riders to wear masks — so that means summer school students must have a mask when boarding, traveling and disembarking from the bus.
When it comes to Somerset County Public Schools facilities, masks are optional — but encouraged — especially for those who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes staff and students but in particular children under 12 who are too young to receive the vaccine.
The last reported coronavirus case in the local public schools was during the week ending June 4 and that was a Somerset Intermediate School student. From the start of in-person learning last Oct. 5 there were 39 students and 39 staff reported as testing positive for COVID-19.
The screening survey and temperature checks at the schoolhouse door ended on July 1.