Dear LMSD Families,
As you are aware, the CDC issued new COVID-19 guidance late Friday that places Montgomery County into the "Medium" category for mitigations. According to the new guidance, when counties are in "Medium," masks are not required in school buildings. The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) is expected to update its guidance to align with the CDC's in the coming days. LMSD's Board-approved Health and Safety Plan states, "Recommendations and guidance from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health and MCOPH are regularly reviewed and implemented as appropriate." Members of the Health and Safety Team and our District Solicitor conducted their review over the weekend.
Accordingly, beginning tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, masks will be optional in all LMSD buildings. Masks are still required on school buses. Masks may also be required for specific time periods for people returning from isolation or quarantine, who are participating in"Mask-to-Stay" or "Test-to-Stay," or who fall into other criteria as required by MCOPH. In addition, we ask everyone to continue to use the daily screening tool and keep symptomatic children home from school.
We recognize that many parents and guardians will prefer their children continue to wear masks indoors and out, despite this new masking option. I urge families to discuss expectations regarding masking with their own children. Staff will continue to have conversations with students about the importance of respecting everyone to promote sensitivity, tolerance and respect around individual families' decisions.
Moving forward, our LMSD Health and Safety Team will continue to review the COVID-19 mitigation practices currently in place – such as distancing at lunch -- and adjust them according to the guidance. We will continue to share updates with the community. I believe we are seeing the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" and I look forward seeing the smiling faces of many of our staff and students.
Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools