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Maine CDC expected to adjust school masking guidelines

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PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Maine CDC is set to change its guidelines for face masks in schools on Wednesday. This comes as local districts begin to revisit their mask mandates.

While the state does intend to announce adjustments for masking guidance in both schools and childcare facilities on Wednesday, it will still be up to each district to change the rules.

Some districts are already choosing to make masking optional as early as next week.

In Yarmouth, the mandate will lift this Monday, but masks will still be required on buses until March 18 as per federal rule.

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In Lewiston, the mandate will lift on March 14 unless the county sees a low or medium transmission rate by Friday, then that mandate could lift by this coming Monday.

In Auburn, the district’s Health and Safety Committee is expected to recommend continuing its mask mandate for another two weeks during a meeting on Wednesday, according to the Sun Journal. The subcommittee is reportedly unsure which public health metric to use to make its decision. A member is concerned the CDC’s transmission determinations don’t accurately represent COVID-19 transmission in Maine.

The expected update from Maine CDC on Wednesday could sway Auburn’s decision along with many others. Each district will still have the final say when it comes to school masking policies.

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