How two Mass. school superintendents are navigating the shift to mask-optional

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There are a lot more maskless students roaming the hallways of Massachusetts schools this week.

Monday was the first day schools had the OK to ditch masks indoors under updated guidance Gov. Charlie Baker announced in early February. At the time Baker hailed lifting the mask mandate as a return to a sense of normalcy, thanks to tools like COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

We check in with two district leaders navigating different sides of the policy change: Eric Conti, superintendent of Burlington Public Schools — where masks officially became optional Monday — and Superintendent Almi Abeyta with Chelsea Public Schools, where masks remain required for now.

This segment aired on March 1, 2022.


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