Breaking News: WHS returns to mask mandate until COVID-19 cases decrease

Emily Roberge

After the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Wayland Public Schools has returned to a mask mandate until at least the end of the week, when the district COVID-19 numbers can be reviewed. This mask mandate will begin in WPS schools on May 16., effective immediately.

This decision was made possible following the School Committee’s decision to grant WPS superintendent Dr. Omar Easy the ability to “amend and revise our current COVID-19 protocols based on the needs of our district and individual schools to keep our buildings safe during this new surge of cases,” Easy wrote in an email to the Wayland School community.

“Due to the rapidly increasing rates of COVID-19 in our schools, effective immediately, all students and staff will be required to wear masks (for 5 school days) in all of our buildings while indoors, except while eating and drinking,” Easy said in his email. “We will assess and analyze this decision weekly.”

From Monday May 9 to Sunday May 15., WPS currently has 153 student cases, with 35 cases from WHS.