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Find out which Michigan districts are requiring masks and which aren’t

The debate over whether to require students and staff to wear masks inside school buildings for the approaching school year is intensifying across Michigan, turning school board meetings into battlegrounds and leaving parents pitted against each other.
The state once again waded into the debate Friday, issuing updated guidance that strongly recommends schools require universal masking in schools. But like previous state guidance that urged students and staff to wear masks in schools, the state did not issue an order requiring it.
The guidance is unlikely to change the decision-making process for district leaders, said Robert McCann, executive director of the K-12 Alliance of Michigan, a school advocacy group. Schools are already adhering to or and in some cases exceeding the state recommendations.
“If MDHHS wants masks to be mandatory, they certainly can issue a new order to require that and our districts would of course reevaluate,” McCann said.
Chalkbeat Detroit scoured websites and news articles to provide a glimpse into what decisions district leaders have already made over this volatile issue. This mask policy tracker, which now includes dozens of school districts, will continually be updated until the official start of the school year on Sept. 7.
A few things to know as you look at our tracker:
Many districts haven’t yet made decisions about whether or not to require marks. And those that have decided could make changes based on updated local, state, and federal guidance. For instance, many of the districts in Genesee County had made decisions prior to Thursday, when the county health department issued an order requiring students in grades K-6 wear masks in school buildings.
Most of the districts that are not requiring masks still strongly recommend masks be worn in schools. Some are particularly urging unvaccinated individuals to wear masks.
Even in districts where masks aren’t required, students and staff must wear them on school buses. That’s due to a federal order requiring masks on public transportation.
Michigan has more than 800 school districts and charter schools. If you have information about a district that isn’t included on our list, send the info to us at [email protected]

Look up your district’s mask policy

District

County

Policy (Click for Source)

District

County

Policy (Click for Source)

Adrian Public Schools

Lenawee

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Anchor Bay School District

Macomb

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Washtenaw

Masks are required for all inside school buildings.

Bay City Public Schools

Bay

Masks likely will not be required in school buildings.

Big Rapids Public Schools

Mecosta

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Birmingham Public Schools

Oakland

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Charlotte Public Schools

Eaton

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Clare Public Schools

Clare

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Davison Public Schools*

Genesee*

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Dearborn Public Schools

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Delton Kellogg Schools

Barry

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Detroit Public Schools Community District

Wayne

Masks are required in school buildings

Eaton Rapids Public Schools

Eaton

Fairview Area Schools

Oscoda

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Farmington Public Schools

Oakland

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Farwell Area Schools

Clare

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Ferndale Public Schools

Oakland

Masks are required in school buildings and on buses

Flint Community Schools*

Genesee*

Masks will be required in schools and on buses.

Flushing Community Schools*

Genesee*

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Fraser Public Schools

Macomb

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Grand Blanc Community Schools*

Genesee*

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Kent

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Gross Pointe Public Schools

Wayne

District officials said in a letter Aug. 6 that they expect to not require masks when the school year begins Sept. 7.

Hastings Area Schools

Barry

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Hillsdale Community Schools

Hillsdale

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Holt Public Schools

Ingham

Masks are required in school buildings

Howell Public Schools

Livingston

Masks will not be required in school buildings

Ionia Public Schools

Ionia

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Jackson Public Schools

Jackson

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Kalamazoo

Masks are required in school buildings. The mask mandate will be reviewed before the beginning of the second trimester.

Lansing School District

Ingham

Masks are required in school buildings, and on school buses.

Livonia Public Schools

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Mason Public Schools

Ingham

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Mattawan Area Schools

Van Buren

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Mio AuSable Schools

Oscoda

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

New Haven Community Schools

Macomb

Masks will not be required for students in school buildings. Staff must wear masks, unless they show they are fully vaccinated.

Northville Public Schools

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Oxford Community Schools

Oakland

District says it doesn’t intend to require masks in school buildings.

Plymouth Canton Community Schools

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Portage Public Schools

Kalamazoo

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Rochester Community Schools

Oakland

Masks will not be required in school buildings

Royal Oak Schools

Oakland

Masks are required in school buildings

Saline Area Schools

Washtenaw

Masks will be required based on grade level and the amount of COVID transmission in the community

Swartz Creek Community Schools*

Genesee*

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Taylor School District

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Grand Traverse

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Utica Community Schools

Macomb

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Wakefield Marenisco School District

Gogebic

Masks likely will not be required in school buildings.

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Oakland

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings, but must be worn on school buses.

Wyandotte Public Schools

Wayne

Masks will not be required in school buildings.

*Policy may change due to county order.

Annie Fu, Chalkbeat



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