Maryland State Senators representing Carroll County differ on statewide regulations for mask mandates in schools

In advance of the Maryland State Board of Education emergency meeting today to discuss “Special In-Person Meeting Held at State Education Building for Discussion of Statewide School Masking Requirements” two Maryland State Senators that represent parts of Carroll County recently posted opinions on the topic of state mandates related to masking in schools.

Maryland State Senator Justin Ready (District 5) posted the following:

The Maryland State Board of Education is having an emergency meeting tomorrow to take up the issue of passing a statewide mandate for schools that would override county board of education decisions on the issue of mandatory masking. Interesting that I can’t remember an emergency board meeting ever happening to discuss consistently failing schools in some areas of our state. As you know our District 5 team and I support our Carroll County Board’s decision and – just as importantly – the issue of local control in education. I’m sharing the link to the State Board of Education below. To make your voice heard to the Superintendent and members, please email

Maryland State Senator Katie Fye Hester (District 9) posted the following:

We must do everything possible to keep our kids safe and prevent disruption of another school year. Masks will help keep our kids healthy, schools open and parents in the workforce. I join my colleagues in urging the State Board of Education to establish statewide regulations for face coverings in areas with substantial or high rates of community transition.

I have not seen a social media post on this topic from Maryland State Senator Michael Hough (District 4).

Reported on Scott E’s Blog on August 12th:

Carroll County Board of Education keeps masks optional for the start of the 2021-2022 school year for CCPS

As of today (August 26th) Carroll County is one of four jurisdictions in Maryland not currently requiring masks for ALL staff and students to start the upcoming school year:

Requiring masks for unvaccinated students and staff

  • Dorchester County

Encouraging the use of face masks by students and staff who are not vaccinated or no mask mandate:

  • Carroll County
  • Somerset County
  • Worcester County

See the latest update and map here:

I will have an update on the state decision tomorrow morning and any additional comments from elected officials I see online.

Scott E

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