BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — This week, three area school systems announced the end to their mask mandates.

Jefferson County Schools announced earlier this week that masks would be optional in schools beginning Monday, although students would not face disciplinary action if they did not wear masks the rest of this week.

Morgan County Schools announced its board had voted 5 to 0 make masks optional for students and staff effective February 16th.

An announcement from the school system said an updated guidance document will be released soon.

The school system expressed gratitude to families and staff for their patience and understanding, saying, “Your cooperation has been vital to keeping our schools open and our students in school.”

In neighboring Frederick County, Virginia, an announcement came out late Tuesday that the school system would consider face masks and face coverings an individual choice for all students, staff and visitors of Frederick County Public Schools effective immediately.

The Frederick County Schools announcement emphasized that masks would still be required on school buses and other FCPS vehicles due to a federal mandate that remains in effect.