News for kids: Masks no longer required for religious ed, parish activities

Students who attend religious education classes or participate in any parish youth activities will not be required to wear masks, according to an FAQ sent out by the archdiocesan Department of Religious Education.

“Please be advised the location cannot mandate a mask requirement for students/participants,” the FAQ stated.

“Please note effective March 12, 2022 (March 14, 2022 for all preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese), all students in a school or educational environment (faith formation, religious education classes and youth ministry) regardless of their vaccination status are no longer required to wear masks indoors. The personal choice to wear a mask as a precaution will be determined by the student and/or their parents and will not be influenced by the staff or volunteers. Staff and volunteers must be sensitive to an individual’s personal choice to wear or not wear a mask,” the FAQ stated.

More details on the new rules for parish youth and religious activities can be found below.

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