Students and staff will be required to wear masks when Midcoast schools open in a few weeks.

Regional School Unit 13 (Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing), RSU 28 and the Five Town Community School District (Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville), and RSU 40 (Waldoboro, Warren, Union, Friendship and Washington) will be requiring masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All the schools plan for in-person instruction five days a week. RSU 40 will offer a remote option for some students.

The steps being taken by the schools are in line with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, regardless of vaccination status, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions in the CDC’s Order.

The CDC recommends indoor masking for all individuals age 2 years and older, including students, teachers, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

In general, people will not need to wear masks when outdoors. CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immuno-compromised.

RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald issued a letter to parents Aug. 13.

“Students and adults are encouraged to maintain three-foot distancing as feasible while indoors.  If eating inside, students will continue to be distanced six feet where feasible and no closer than three feet. Distancing will not take precedence over getting all students back in-person full time, but our staff have been mindful of spacing when designing schedules,” McDonald stated.