An overview of Michigan school mask mandates for the 2021-22 school year

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We’ve been tracking responses to the call for masks inside Michigan school buildings as students and teachers return to classrooms for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that all students and school staff wear face masks, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has done the same. Health officials are concerned about the aggressive spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. Wearing masks by children can help stop the spread of the virus in the community, health officials have repeated.

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However, no sweep mask warrant has been made at the federal or state level for K-12 students or college students.


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The Michigan State Board of Education has voted to allow individual school districts to respond to the pandemic as they deem necessary, which includes the power to impose or not impose masks in their district. Many districts have decided to require masks to be worn inside their buildings, especially for kindergarten to grade 6 students due to their ineligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine at this stage of the pandemic.

Related: Michigan’s top doctor recommends school mask tenure

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Meanwhile, several counties in the state have received public health orders from their local health departments requiring masks inside schools. Some of the public health orders are for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.

In metro Detroit, both Wayne and Oakland counties have such warrants in place. Both county health departments have issued warrants requiring the wearing of masks by students in public, private and charter schools. These county-level public health ordinances supersede any school district-level mandate, or lack thereof. Orders are in place until counties are classified at the CDC’s “moderate” transmission level for the virus. As of Friday, the overwhelming majority of counties in the United States were listed at “high” or “substantial” transmission levels on the CDC’s tracker.

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Related: Macomb County parents urge leaders to enforce masks in schools

This map shows the counties in Michigan with and without public health orders requiring masks to be worn in schools at the start of the 2021-22 school year:

Below, we track which Michigan school districts and colleges require face masks to be worn, at least indoors, for the 2021-2022 school year.

Note: This list is not exhaustive and will be updated as more information is gathered. If your school district or college requires face masks and is not listed below, please Send us an e-mail with information and we will include it.

Note: As mentioned, some county health departments have issued public health orders which supersede all decisions of the school district. These are marked in yellow in the table below:

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Michigan COVID Updates: What to Know Today

Michigan reported 3,958 new cases of COVID-19 and 69 deaths linked to the virus on Friday, an average of 1,979 cases in the past two days.

Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 941,678, including 20,230 deaths. Those numbers are up from 937,720 cases and 20,161 deaths as of Wednesday.

The deaths announced on Friday include 42 identified during a review of vital records.

Michigan now reports COVID-19 data on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Testing rose to about 20,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with a 7-day positive rate of 8.83% on Friday, slightly higher than the week before. The rate of positive tests has continued to increase since the end of June, when it was at its lowest. Hospitalizations have increased 231% since July 1.

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Cases are on the rise again in Michigan. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 1,743 on Friday – a significant jump from early July. The 7-day average of deaths was 17 Friday. The state’s death rate is 2.2%. The state is also reporting “active cases,” which were listed at 39,500 on Wednesday.

Michigan reported more than 9.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine given on Sunday, with 65.4% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 56.9% of the 12+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 38 million cases have been reported in the United States, with more than 632,200 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 5 billion doses of vaccine have been administered, including more than 363 million doses in the United States alone.

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Worldwide, more than 213.9 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 4.4 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are certainly much higher, due to the limited testing, the different ways nations count the dead, and the deliberate underreporting of some governments.

Seen: Michigan COVID Data

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