Vermont officials will recommend at the end of the month that schools with a student vaccination rate of 80% or higher need not require masks

Vermont officials will recommend at the end of the month that schools with a student vaccination rate of 80% or higher need not require masks, Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday. The target was developed at the start of the school yar and is something that schools have had time to plan for as the Feb. 28 deadline approached, the Republican governor said at his weekly news briefing. The deadline comes after the upcoming winter break. “Schools should know this is only the first step. In the very near future if all goes to plan, we intend to recommend lifting the mask requirement recommendation altogether,” Scott said. Several other states have recently announced plans to lift mask requirements in schools as COVID-19′s omicron surge subsides.