WORCESTER, Mass. - Masks and COVID-19 testing will not be required in Massachusetts schools this fall.

State education and public health leaders announced the changes in a memo Monday. Contact tracing and the test to stay programs are also no longer being provided by the state.

The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education said districts and schools should focus their COVID strategies towards vulnerable and symptomatic individuals, but how they do it is up to them.

The new guidelines also say students who were exposed to COVID but don't have symptoms can remain in school.