BANGOR — Governor Mills announced that Maine’s state of civil emergency will officially end on June 30th.
“Governor’s orders will apply throughout the entire state. Sometimes we have found that educational guidelines have been stronger, have been more strict,” said Kathy Harris-Smedberg, the Bangor School Department’s interim superintendent.
On June 30, prekindergarten through grade 12 students, as well as children in child care settings, will no longer have to wear face coverings.
Bangor schools’ interim superintendent Kathy Harris-Smedberg says their goal going forward is to move away from hybrid learning and remote options.
“The biggest thing that this will mean for us is that in the fall will be able to come back to school five days a week every day all students,” she said.
Harris-Smedberg said there’s still some uncertainty on how relaxed they will be on facemasks come the fall — along with other safeguards.
“Right now it seems the physical distancing will be relaxed, we are still unsure about the masking, whether masks will have to remain in schools or not,” she said.
She said everyone should still practice safety measures to protect against COVID-19.
James Tager will take over as the new Bangor schools superintendent on July 1 and will ultimately have the final say about the future of masks in schools.
“Some students can’t be vaccinated because of their age. We do want to make sure environments make sure all students can be safe, we will go with what the governor dictates and go from there,” he said.
Harris-Smedberg said schools will continue many safety measures like enhanced cleaning and encouraging students to wash hands and stay hydrated.
The CDC is still recommending unvaccinated people — especially children under 12 — to wear masks.