Schools Masking Criteria

Masking Criteria

The Maryland Coronavirus website tracks daily the average new cases per 100,000 persons in the prior 7 days for all jurisdictions across the State of Maryland. All archdiocesan Catholic schools operating within a jurisdiction are to follow the case count for the county in which they are domiciled, even if students may live in a different jurisdiction. County transmission levels will be monitored daily and masking changes, if warranted, will be implemented at the beginning of each school week.

The transmission rate for the week of 1/16 is RED – High Transmission –  in Baltimore City, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, and Washington Counties. Masking will be required this week at all schools.  Thank you for your partnership to ensure the safety and well-being of our school communities.


Low / Moderate Transmission-Less than 7.1 new cases per 100,000 persons in the prior 7 days

  • Parental choice as to whether their children will wear a mask, regardless of vaccination Anyone who wants to wear a mask may wear a mask and is supported in their decision. Parents of children of any age and any vaccination status are entitled to request that their own children wear masks. Enforcement of this request is between the parent and child, and teachers are not required to be the enforcer of such parental requests.

Substantial / High Transmission- Greater than 7.1/14.2 new cases per 100,000 persons in the prior 7 days

  • All adults and students are mandated to mask in school facilities regardless of vaccination Masking will be maintained in that school, until the case count per 100,000 falls below 7.1 cases for the jurisdiction.