The Carroll County Board of Education held a special meeting on August 30th to deal with the “Maryland State Board of Education passes proposed emergency regulation to require masks inside public schools“.
My expectation was that this would be pretty much a simple meeting to adjust the reopening plan to implement what was proposed at the state level. I even wrote yesterday:
“I can not image this meeting by the BOE is anything other than voting to comply with the “soon to be” state mandate for masking in schools this upcoming school year. If anything else comes out of this meeting I will let you know tomorrow.”
Wow, was I wrong. The full meeting lasted about a hour and a half and my big take away was that the Carroll County Board of Education was going to fight this statewide mandate to the bitter end. They will comply with the mask mandate only after the General Assembly approves it.
Here is the short version of what was approved on August 30th:
Here is my “Speech to Text” conversion transcript of the motion by Board Member Sivigny voted on in this video (hopefully my conversation gets it correct):
We implement the mask mandate only after it is officially approved by the AELR, we anticipate that to be the next day which would be September 15th,
At the AELR hearing we request an exception for Carroll County based on our existing layered strategies, conditions and use of Technology,
Short of that, request local flexibility and when to remove the Mandate at the local level based on current and local conditions rather than a blanket 180 days,
We also request that the facilities impacted be changed to only facilities that house programs with students,
And we work with the parents of Carroll County students who are planning based on our vote of Parental Mask choice to make reasonable accommodations.
The final vote was 4 to 1 in favor on the motion.
If you would like to see the full video of the meeting and watch the entire discussion prior to the vote you can view it here: CLICK HERE
Carroll County Delegate Haven Shoemaker (District 5) sits on the JOINT COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE, EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE REVIEW (AELR) committee and has already asked for a hearing on the matter. He said he has concerns about the process. (Learn More)
Here is the article from the Carroll County Times on the subject: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/education/cc-ccps-special-meeting-20210830-c2kvsivixjhktnxteygj4tlile-story.html
I look forward to the discussion at the AELR committee on this topic. It could be quite interesting.