Masks Will Be Required For Children in PA Schools

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On July 1, the Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania issued an order mandating the wearing of face masks any time someone leaves their home and will be in a public area, unable to maintain six feet from other people as part of the state's ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, the Department of Education answered the question - does that order apply to children and adults while in schools? The answer is yes, it does.

An update on the Department's website states:

"Yes, this Order applies to all individuals while in school entities, including public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), intermediate units (IUs); educational programming for students in non-educational placements such as residential settings (boarding schools), residential facilities, detention centers, and hospital settings; PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Programs and Preschool Early Intervention programs; and Private Academic Nursery Schools and locally funded prekindergarten activities.
"For the safety of students, staff and families, and to avoid community spread of COVID-19, students and staff are considered to be members of the public who are congregating in indoor locations. As such, they are required to adhere to this Order.
"The Order is effective immediately and applies to all children aged two and older."
There will be times that the masks can be removed as long as proper social distancing is maintained:

  • when eating or drinking 
  • seated at desks or workstations, six feet apart
  • engaged in activities like recess

In addition, students with a medical reason for not wearing a mask will not be required to wear one. For complete details, visit the Department of Education website here.

Face coverings must be worn if you are:
  • Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of your household
  • In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted
  • Waiting for, riding on, driving or operating public transportation or praratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site when interacting with any member of the pubic

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