The following email was sent out on February 22nd from Carroll County Public Schools:
The Maryland State Board of Education met today, Tuesday, February 22, and voted to rescind the current mask mandate and return decision-making to local Boards of Education. This recommendation must now be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) prior to taking effect. We anticipate the AELR Committee will meet quickly in response to this matter. We will keep you posted. As a reminder, the current regulation is still in effect until the AELR rescinds the mask mandate or we become eligible for one of the existing off-ramps. In either event, we will provide notice to the school community.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Here is a tweet from earlier in the day from the Maryland State Department of Education:
#Update: Based on latest metrics, vaccination rates, data & research, the State Board voted to remove the statewide emergency face covering requirement in schools beginning March 1, contingent on legislative approval.
The AELR must review and approve to repeal the emergency reg.