The changing face of PA masking guidelines

By CHARLES PETERSHEIM
Posted 11/12/21

Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, masking policies in schools has been in flux. Below is a simple timeline of the developments since August

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The changing face of PA masking guidelines

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MILFORD, PA — Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, masking policies in schools has been in flux. Below is a simple timeline of the developments for the Delaware Valley School District since August.

August 15

Mask optional state-wide policy

August 30

First day of school

August 31

PA DOH Order stipulates masks at schools, while indoors

September 7

Order takes effect.

September 28

DV school district passes resolution to allow mask exemptions without medical certification resulting in a flood of mask exemption requests

October 20

Lawsuit is filed  by five district parents to challenge expanded masking exemption

October 22

Temporary restraining order granted, eliminating exemptions requests

November 2

School board election returns incumbents

November 9

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has struck down the state’s school mask mandate, ruling that acting Health Secretary Alison Beam didn’t have the authority to issue the requirement under the state’s Disease Control and Prevention Law. The decision is immediately appealed.

November 9

Governor Wolf indicates the state will return masking authority to school boards on Jan 17, 2022

November 11

Federal judge declines to extend injunction in DVSD case, allowing for the school board to allow mask exemptions without medical certification to continue while the court case plays out, effectively giving the win to the school board.

December 7

With 16 bus drivers exposed to COVID-19, DVSD takes a snow day and closes all schools, affecting 4000 students. 

December 8

An emergency plan brings the elementary school children to school, while middle and high schoolers have a day with virtual learning.

January 17, 2022

Proposed date of end to state-mandated masking.

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