The largest school district in Massachusetts and one of the largest in the country is considering reinstating mask mandates after most of the country has moved past them.

Boston Public Schools, which is home to more than 50,000 students and receives $1.3 billion in funding every year, said that they will consider temporarily bringing back mask mandates to prevent an uptick in illnesses as students return from winter break.

The CDC labeled Suffolk County, which includes Boston, as a ‘medium-level county’.

The CDC recommends that residents of a medium-level county wear masks, but does not recommend mask mandates.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 coordinator under Biden, recently admitted that there is no evidence that masks prevent the transmission of respiratory infections like Covid-19.

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Jha instead advised that business owners and the government should improve the ventilation systems and air quality inside their buildings, which he said would go a lot further in preventing Covid-19 and other respiratory infections.

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Boston Public Schools is considering reinstating a mask mandate after the holiday break to minimize absenteeism from COVID-19, the mayor stated in a Wednesday announcement.

The decision is currently under consideration by city officials who fear a rise in COVID-19 cases once students return to the classroom in the new year, NBC Boston reported. Democratic Mayor Michelle Wu stated that a decision would be finalized by the end of the week.

“We have not finalized that decision and communicated that yet,” Wu said during a Wednesday press conference. “But as mentioned in preparations as recently as late last school year, there was always a focus on this time of year. This time of year one year ago is when we were experiencing more than 1,000 staff absences in schools because of COVID every single day. Central office administrators had to step in to teach.”

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