MAP: Here’s what School Mandates Look Like State by State

July 27, 2021 – The Delta variant is feeding new surges in COVID-19 cases around the country weeks before school starts. On top of that, the majority of students in K-12 education are still not eligible for vaccines.

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Even though the CDC released guidelines earlier this month easing mask policies in schools, nothing was binding. As with most masking and vaccination policies, states have been left to set their own rules. 

This can put superintendents of school districts in a tricky spot. In Rhode Island, some superintendents wish there was a state-level requirement so they didn’t have to be stuck in the middle of parents’ conflicting views. 

Other states fall on opposite ends of the extremes. In California, all students and teachers are required to wear masks, but in Texas, schools are banned from setting mask requirements, leaving parents


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