Local school districts respond after Pa. court voids school mask mandate

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(WTAJ)– Local school districts are responding after the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voided the mandate requiring masks in public schools.

The Cameron County School District said in a statement that until further notice, masking is still optional for all students and staff on district property. Masking will still be required on district transportation.

“As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority.” Superintendent of Cameron County school district Dr. Keith Wolfe said. “We will continue to monitor and respond to changes in guidance, requirements and mandates issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health and Center for Disease Control.”

The school district said that in accordance with its Health and Safety Plan, mandatory masking could return if there is an increase in positive COVID cases or in-person contact resulting in quarantine.

Likewise, the Chestnut Ridge school district, which was actually a part of the mask mandate lawsuit against Wolf, and the acting Secretary of Health, Allison Beam, also responded to the school mask ruling:

“Obviously, the Chestnut Ridge school district is pleased with the decision of the commonwealth court. We believe the analysis is correct and well-reasoned.”
-Brad Allison, Solicitor, Chestnut Ridge School District

At this time, Chestnut Ridge has not stated what their newest face mask policy will be going forward.

This comes after the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voided acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s mask mandate for public schools because it did not comply with state laws.

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