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Michigan health officials urging schools to maintain mask requirements

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Michigan health officials are telling schools that students, teachers and other faculty should still wear masks for the rest of the school year regardless of vaccination status.

Bob Wheaton, a spokesman for the state health department, told The Associated Press that the new guidelines will be announced Wednesday.

Most students have less than a month of school left for the academic year, but mask mandates throughout the country are beginning to shift due to increased vaccination rates.

Michigan has lifted its outdoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people along with its indoor mandate for the vaccinated, the AP noted.

The move comes after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released similar guidelines.

As Michigan hit a vaccination rate above 55 percent, it also ended a rule telling employers they have to let employees work from home.

Students have struggled with the changing environment over the past year, going abruptly from in-person learning, to online learning and back to in-person with social distancing guidelines and mask mandates.

In Florida, the education commissioner is telling schools to make masks optional next academic year.

It is unclear what Michigan’s policies will look like for the 2021-2022 school year.

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