New Bedford schools to make face masks optional as of March 7

“Over the last few days, I have received consistent overwhelming feedback from parents, some students, and staff suggesting that we also lift the mask mandate.” — Superintendent of Schools Thomas Anderson.

New Bedford High School students navigate the stresses of COVID-19

“There’s a huge majority of students who are doing fine. … But we have seen an increase in anxiety and depression which are consistent with national trends.” — Kathleen Mackenzie, supervisor of clinical and behavioral services at New Bedford Public Schools

Omicron taking toll on New Bedford schools

All games and athletic practices through the week have been paused, following a rise in COVID-19 cases among several athletic teams. Officials will reevaluate the situation over the weekend to decide if athletic activity can resume.

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