DETROIT – The rolling back of school mask mandates continued Friday, Feb. 11, as Oakland and Washtenaw counties joined Ingham County on the list of those who plan to lift their mask requirements for K-12 schools and daycares.
Both counties policies will remain in effect until Feb. 28. Oakland County Friday (Feb. 11) is the latest health department to remove the school mask mandates, effective Feb. 28.
“For the past several weeks, our health officer has been talking to her colleagues and her county medical director,” said Bill Mullan, Spokesperson of Oakland County. “Looking at the data, we feel we’ve reached that time. We’ve seen a significant drop in cases and hospitalizations.”
Ingham County’s school mask mandate disappears Feb. 19.
“It is a pandemic shifting into an endemic,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. “We know that we’re going to have COVID and that we’re going to be living with it, and we’re kind of entering that stage.”
In a recent interview, Dr. Robert Livernois, the Superintendent of the Warren Consolidated School District with more than 13,000 students, credits having a mask mandate would keep more kids in in-person learning.
“We made the decision in September to require that students and staff and all visitors wear a mask, and our numbers are substantially lower than places where masks are optional,” said Dr. Livernois. “Despite the heavy political debate about masks, in our experience here, they have served us extraordinarily well.”