NEWSLETTER: Stay Protected this Back to School Season: Get Vaccinated & Wear a Mask

Welcome back to school!

This year’s back to school season looks a little different as we work to keep our children, teachers, and staff safe. As thousands of children head back to school, a crucial part of ensuring their academic success this year includes keeping our community healthy. I urge everyone – including students, teachers, and staff – to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Currently, students ages 12 and over are eligible for vaccines – sign up for your free vaccine today.


In Maryland and around the country, those who are not vaccinated account for the majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. In addition to getting vaccinated, I also strongly encourage all students, teachers, and staff to wear masks when returning to school. Masks are a proven tool that can reduce infections of COVID-19. The Delta variant continues to spread rapidly in our communities, and mask wearing for every Marylander when indoors will help curb the spread.

When I spoke to Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury last month, he was confident that public schools are working hard to provide a safe environment for students. For COVID-19 guidance from the Maryland Department of Health and Education, you can go here. For general county-specific resources, you can visit your local public school department’s website and stay up-to-date on important updates for the year ahead:

For Anne Arundel County Public Schools, go here.

For Calvert County Public Schools, go here.

For Charles County Public Schools, go here.

For St. Mary’s County Public Schools, go here.

For Prince George’s County Public Schools, go here.

As always, I encourage all Fifth District residents to continue to share their concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. If you are experiencing a personal difficulty such as issues accessing veterans benefits or another problem regarding a federal agency and you wish for my office to place an inquiry on your behalf, please complete the casework request form by clicking here.   

Sincerely Yours,   
Steny H. Hoyer 

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