Archdiocesan Catholic schools to require masks when students return to class

As Catholic schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington begin the 2021-2022 academic year, students, teachers, staff – regardless of their vaccination status – will be required to wear a mask while in a school building, as part of safe reopening protocols.

“Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases both locally and across the country…, we must require that all adults and children wear masks inside all Archdiocese of Washington (ADW) school buildings, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice,” Kelly Branaman, the archdiocesan secretary for Catholic Schools and superintendent of schools, wrote in a letter sent to parents.

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