More than 131,000 students attend public schools in Prince George’s County, where the vaccination rate for 12-to-19-year-olds was under 40 percent in June. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine. School begins Sept. 8 in Prince George’s.
Debate on whether masks are needed has intensified nationally in recent weeks. School systems around the country have said they are preparing for a full, five-day-a-week return to school buildings as the new school year opens.
The school board in neighboring Montgomery County is expected to discuss the issue Tuesday.
At a D.C. Council hearing last week, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee said that everyone — vaccinated or unvaccinated — would be required to wear masks in school buildings next fall. The head of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, Michelle Walker-Davis, said the city’s large charter sector would require the same.
Perry Stein contributed to this report.