Our School’s Mask Requirement Has Been Lifted!

Starting tomorrow, Villanova University will no longer require masks to be worn in our indoor facilities, such as the classrooms.

I have been waiting for this day for a while, and it is finally here.

Other than a two-week break to start the Fall 2021 semester, we have been wearing masks since the Fall of 2020.

It will be interesting to see what my students look like with their masks off, and I am sure they will have the same reaction to seeing me without a mask on. They will be surprised to realize I don’t really look like George Clooney.

Fingers crossed that our COVID-19 case counts continue to stay low, and that this is a sign of life returning to normal not just at our school, but across the globe.

While my students and I might not outwardly act like the students and teacher in the video below, my guess is that this is how many of us are feeling on the inside (thanks to Tippy for letting me know about this video):

*image from freepik

105 thoughts on “Our School’s Mask Requirement Has Been Lifted!

  1. Good for you and all the students at Villanova. Have you seen those videos of schoolchildren when they’re told they don’t have to wear masks anymore? Their reaction with unbridled joy and excitement is astonishing. Maybe you should bring a bottle of champagne to your classroom tomorrow.

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      1. Oh yeah. I think I can understand it. I think I’d hate to be wearing a mask all day, day after day. Some people don’t seem to mind, but apparently, those school kids sure mind.

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  2. The mask mandate is being waived in California on Tuesday also. I haven’t decided if I’m going to continue to wear mine at my gym or not. It will be interesting to see what percentage of people ditch their masks in all indoor settings.

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    1. Our gym has been mask optional for a few months, and I did not wear one when I went there. But when I got COVID, one of the first places I thought of as to where I could have gotten it was my gym…

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  3. michigan is in a weird in between phase. some county health departments have lifted the mandate, and left it up to school districts to decide for themselves. one daughter’s district has decided to drop the mandate and the other daughters’ districts both are keeping it going. my school is private and deciding what to do. i worry about my classes in particular as the kids are too young to be vaxed. enjoy the day, george clooney!

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  4. Hooray!!! Public schools did the same thing here, starting today. We’re crossing fingers and toes that EEC (the preschool umbrella) follows and drops the mask mandate. The announcement should come this week. I’m sure some of your students will think you’re the spitting image of George Clooney. πŸ™‚

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    1. slowly but surely, perhaps the country is returning to some sense of normalcy.

      and any students who thinks I am the spitting image of George needs to get their eyes checked πŸ™‚

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      1. We got ‘the word’ today. Well, sort of. Although masks are not required in schools beginning February 28, that’s the day that schools return from school vacation week. Since preschoolers are unvaccinated, we will keep wearing masks for a few more weeks, in case the return from school vacation week brings infection. We should be out of masks in March!!

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  5. Fingers crossed the case numbers don’t skyrocket again, but I wouldn’t bet against it. One thing stands out for me in this: the fact that masks only became a requirement there from Autumn 2020. That was a full six or seven months after the pandemic started, and kind of exemplifies for me how badly 45 managed (or didn’t manage) the whole thing. I thought we were bad, but your lot were even worse!

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    1. I agree that it was mismanaged under 45, but to give him a little bit of a break, there weren’t many leaders wo did a great job with covid.

      there is certainly the possibility that the covid numbers start spiking again, but at some point, you would have to think that a decline is permanent…

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      1. True, very few did, but there weren’t many who denied its existence, claimed it as a hoax by their political opponents, or used it for racist comments about China (kung flu?).

        I hope the decline is permanent. My younger daughter is getting married in July and I’d like to be there!

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