End to Statewide Mask Mandate in Schools

House Republicans Applaud End to Statewide Mask Mandate in Schools

ANNAPOLIS, MD – House Minority Leader Jason Buckel and House Minority Whip Haven Shoemaker released the following statement in reaction to the Maryland State Board of Education’s decision to end the mask mandate in Maryland’s schools effective March 1st:

“Our members were the first state officials to join with parents in encouraging the Maryland’s State School Board to rescind its statewide mask mandate in public schools, and we applaud today’s action. It’s past time parental rights were restored. As we all move forward, it is imperative that families make their own decisions on what is best when it comes to masking, education and how they handle COVID-19 for the long term.”

The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) in the Maryland General Assembly must approve the rescindment of the emergency regulations to ultimately end the state’s mask mandate. Once the statewide mandate is lifted, local jurisdictions will have the power to unmask their students.