Bethel Public Schools: Mask Wearing on School Buses is Optional

Update Z-1A Mask Optional - CDC Update & Follow Up to Mitigation Protocols

On Thursday we sent Update Z-1 to notify our community of the steps we are taking as we transition to mask optional in our schools.  Since last Thursday’s update was sent to you, a clarification from our Health Department along with a recent change to CDC orders have been announced:

1. Effective February 25, 2022, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that they no longer require the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. Therefore, BPS will no longer require mask-wearing on school transportation. Mask wearing is now optional on the school bus. 

As indicated in Update Z-1 on Thursday, as is the case for our faculty and staff, bus drivers will not be responsible for monitoring mask-wearing on the bus. In addition, please remind your child to respect the decisions of other students regarding mask choice.

2. Early Return from COVID Infection: After further consultation with the Brookfield Health Department and our District medical advisor, we have received clarification regarding the return to the school setting for those infected with COVID:

  • Upon return from a COVID infection on Day 6 at the earliest (while symptom free) the infected student or staff member is required to wear a mask through Day 10. Our school nurses can discuss the details of this protocol should you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding with the ever changing guidance from state and national health agencies. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Dr. John W. Barile




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