Masks return to Wayland schools amid uptick in COVID-19 cases

WAYLAND — Mandatory mask-wearing has returned to at least one local public school district.

Wayland Superintendent of Schools Omar Easy announced Sunday that masks would be required in the public schools “effective immediately” due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

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“All students and staff will be required to wear masks for (5 school days) in all of our buildings while indoors, except while eating or drinking,” wrote Easy.

Sophomore Bella Stefancik, 16, said the shift wasn’t too much of a surprise, as she had heard some chatter in the days before.

“I’m not too opposed to it. I think it’s OK. I don’t really mind too much. I’m kind of flexible,” said Stefancik, as school let out on Monday afternoon.

Junior Noreen Javed, 16, said the move made sense.

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“I thought it was the right thing to do because we’ve had so many cases lately,” she said.

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