Mask Up? Many Catholic Schools Are Thinking Maybe Not

To mask or not to mask, that is the question.

And if current trends hold, it will be answered locally, not globally, in many Catholic schools this coming year.

While enhanced cleaning and social distancing of desks will persist in many places where school officials are mindful of the original virus and a recent variant that has popped up, the universal mask mandate seems to be on its way out.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a federal agency, said on July 13 that children 3 and older who aren’t vaccinated should continue to wear masks. But Catholic-school officials who spoke with the Register recently said they see masks as a case-by-case situation, particularly in rural areas or areas where most of the population has already been fully vaccinated.

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