Two retired Island school administrators have returned to the Martha's Vineyard public school system as assistant superintendents, reporting to superintendent Richie Smith beginning this week.

Martha’s Vineyard schools reopened Monday after winter break without a face-covering requirement for the first time in two years.

With Covid cases dropping sharply on the Island, health officials are poised to reconsider the school mask mandate that has been in place for most of the past two years.

With the end of the state-imposed school mask mandate less than two weeks away, Island school committee members split Thursday on whether or not to immediately drop the mandates.


Martha’s Vineyard public school students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks when schools open in two weeks, following a state mandate issued Wednesday.

The Island public schools are on track to begin full time in-person learning for students of all ages at the end of April, including high school students.