Ellsworth’s school board will join others in Maine that have reconsidered their masking policies in light of rising COVID cases and the contagious delta variant.
The Ellsworth School Department will hold a special meeting Thursday night to further discuss its school reopening plan, including whether to tighten masking policies.
Earlier this month, the city’s school board passed a policy that would make masking optional except in high-traffic areas such as hallways, where masks would be required, said Teresa Austin, an administrative assistant in the Ellsworth School Department superintendent’s office.
The masking policy will be discussed at the Thursday meeting, according to Austin and a copy of the meeting agenda.
The meeting venue was moved from Ellsworth City Hall to Ellsworth Elementary Middle School’s cafeteria because of the large turnout anticipated. Masks will be required at that meeting, and chairs will be spaced three feet apart to account for social distancing.
Ellsworth’s special meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday night.