Masks will be optional in Berkeley County Schools beginning Tuesday, February 22nd.

Board of Education Member Jackee Long read the resolution that was adopted unanimously.

Berkeley County joins the other counties in the Panhandle, Jefferson and Morgan, who dropped mask mandates last week.

In an announcement regarding the change in masking policy, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy thanked staff, students and family members for their cooperation during the mandate.

Murphy said masks will still be required on all school buses due to the federal mask mandate for public transportation.

He stressed students and staff who are sick should not come to school. “School nurses will monitor students and staff for symptoms and dismiss those who show symptoms typical of communicable diseases.

Masks will still be available to anyone who wants one,” Murphy said.