• The CDC currently recommends universal indoor mask use at a HIGH COVID-19 community level. While at MEDIUM community level, in order to help reduce COVID-19 transmission, indoor masking is still strongly recommended and a mask-friendly environment will be encouraged. At LOW community levels, a masked-friendly environment is still encouraged. BPHC strongly recommends indoor mask use among adults and children who are not fully vaccinated, and those who have or live with individuals who are immunocompromised or have medical conditions that place them at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease. In specific instances detailed below, students in school will be required to mask. 

    BPS Mask Policy: Schools and buses will be mask-friendly spaces. Masks are optional but recommended with the exception of some specific situations. As we follow the data, we will adjust our mask policies accordingly. 

    Masks will be required indoors at schools and/or on buses for the following specific instances: 

    • In all school health offices (This is required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

    • Classroom-wide clusters (3 or more cases) or school-wide outbreaks (BPHC and Health Services will work directly with schools if there is an outbreak. Families will also be notified from their school.)

    • The student or staff feels ill or is exhibiting symptoms while in school or on a bus

    • The student or staff is exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 (they must wear a mask for 10 days after exposure) 

    • The student or staff are returning to school from isolation within 10 days following their first positive test 


    Universal masking may be required for the following situation: 

      • When COVID-19 levels are HIGH  as designated by the CDC guidelines, BPHC and BPS will review our local metrics and determine if masking should be required. It is likely that if numbers are high, masking will be required. If this decision is made, the district will notify families and staff that universal masking will be required in schools and offices until the Community Level returns to MEDIUM.

    During periods when masking is required indoors, outdoor mask breaks are strongly encouraged and should be coordinated at the school level. With the warmer weather, educators are encouraged to explore class activities and lunches outdoors where students can socialize without masks, as well as to continue opening classroom windows when possible for better air ventilation. 

    Mask availability at schools:  Medical masks or KF94/KN95/N95 masks are strongly recommended as offering superior protection compared to cloth masks. Medical masks (all sizes) will be available in all schools for staff and students. Each school will have a stock of medical masks at all times. 



  • Acceptable face coverings include multi-layered cotton masks, disposable masks, and KN95/N95 masks.

  • Not acceptable: Neck gaiters, open chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes are not considered appropriate face coverings.