In this Jan. 5, 2022, file photo, students from Regional School Unit 5 wear COVID-19 face coverings as they head home on a school bus in Freeport. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Masks are now optional for students and staff at more Maine schools.

That comes after an update from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on its masking guidance.

Yarmouth’s school board voted last week to get rid of its mask mandate starting Monday. Superintendent Andrew Dolloff said that this decision was made after looking at the district and Cumberland County’s transmission rates.

Dolloff said after the school board realized the state’s high level of transmission was driven by a backlog in cases, it was time for masks to become optional.

This will also apply for school buses, but each school will continue practicing social distancing, along with pooled testing during the rest of the school year.

Dolloff said everyone has complied with the mask mandate for the most part, but this year more people have become mask fatigued.

“Last summer, there was a period where people were feeling better about the numbers and where we were headed. I remember speaking to a group of parents last spring and we were all very optimistic about entering the school year without masks on,” Dolloff said.

Dolloff said KN95 masks will still also be provided to anyone who wants one.

Maine’s Catholic schools also have stopped requiring masks after the diocese dropped the recommendation to wear them indoors last week.

Regional School Unit 14, which is the Windham-Raymond school district, voted last week to make masking optional for all of its schools starting Monday.

Lewiston and Turner schools lifted their mandates last week, while Auburn will lift its on Wednesday, Topsham on Friday and Bath next Monday.

The Lake Region School District will discuss lifting its mandate Monday in a board meeting.

Some districts have opted to retain mask mandates, including Portland where the requirement will stay in effect until further notice.