Public schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis lift mask mandates

Public school students in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will not be required to wear face masks while COVID cases in Hennepin and Ramsey counties remain low.

MINNEAPOLIS — MPS and SPPS students won’t need to grab one thing they’ve used for the past few years when they walk to class on Monday: If they want, they won’t have to wear of face mask at school.

Public school districts in Minneapolis and Saint Paul had previously required students and staff to keep their faces covered while at school, but due to low case numbers and most people vaccinated, masks can come off for now.

Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on understanding and responding to the risks and impacts of COVID also helped guide this decision.

If cases in Ramsey and Hennepin County increase, reaching a medium or high level of transmission, school districts will review these policies.

The federal mask mandate covering public transit is still in place, so children should plan to wear a mask on the bus, including Metro Transit.

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In both districts, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is always welcome.

In Minneapolis, the district also updated its contact tracing and quarantine guidelines. The MPS said it would halt universal contact tracing and reduce the quarantine period from 10 days to five days, with masks required from day six to ten.

When students and staff are fully immunized, there will be no quarantine period required for those exposed to COVID.

If students or staff test positive, a 10-day isolation period will still be required.

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