|The governor and public health officials reverse course and decree that all K-12 students wear a face covering not only in school but also in public.|
Carney mandates masks for Delaware kindergarteners when in-class learning resumes by Chris Barrish
Cris Barrish, a national award-winning investigative reporter, covers stories about Delaware.
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Delaware children in kindergarten or older must now wear face coverings in school buildings and elsewhere in public, according to a new order from Gov. John Carney.
The governor also wants all pre-school children above the age of 2 to wear a mask in public.
The state won’t enforce child mask compliance but is urging parents to read and follow the guidance from the Division of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new policies are stricter than Carney had initially announced earlier this month when he said schools could open with a hybrid of in-class and remote learning. At that time only children in grade 4 and above were required to wear masks in school. Younger students were encouraged to do so, but it wasn’t mandatory.
When classes resume in Delaware, public school students in kindergarten and above must wear masks. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)