Mask Related Questions
Last updated September 3
Will students and staff be required to wear masks in school?
Yes. On August 31, 2021, Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health announced an Order requiring face coverings to be worn in all school entities, including school districts, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers, intermediate units, and early learning and other child care settings. The current DOH Order aligns with our approved Health & Safety Plan and the District will comply with the Order. (click here to view the Order
Staff – If a staff member believes he/she has a medical or mental health condition or disability that would inhibit him/her from wearing a face covering (i.e. a mask, face shield), please reach out to Mrs. Suzanne Tabachini, Director of Human Resources, to begin the one-on-one process of determining if an accommodation is appropriate.
Students – If your child has a medical or mental health condition or disability that you believe would inhibit him/her from wearing a face covering (i.e. a mask, face shield), and it has not already been documented, please reach out to your school principal to discuss your child’s need for accommodation. Documentation provided must be in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA of such medical or mental health condition or disability.
Parents are encouraged to provide a well-fitting face covering for their child. Masks will be available on buses and at buildings in case of need.
Are there exemptions to the Order to wear a face covering (mask/shield)?
For both staff and students, it is important to note that a doctor’s note alone is not sufficient documentation to exempt an individual from wearing a mask or face shield. Approved medical exemptions from last year will be extended for those individuals who notify the administration in writing of the continued need for such accommodation. As a reminder, the current Order requiring masks does not include an exemption for religious reasons. Please refer to the bullets in the answer above for additional details on submitting an exemption.
What will occur if my child does not wear a mask?
Refusal to wear a mask will result in a student being sent home.
Will parents be permitted to switch between in person and virtual learning as a result of the masking Order?
Due to logistical and operational challenges, such as staffing, as well as the general disruption to student learning, switching learning options will not occur before the start of the second marking period on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Where can I learn more about the mask Order?
Is the District requiring masks for students and staff on District transportation?
Staff and students will be required to wear a face mask while riding school transportation in alignment with the CDC Order regarding public transportation
. If the mask mandate requirement placed on transportation is lifted, we will modify expectations accordingly.
Bus drivers will have a supply of disposable masks and provide them to students who do not have a mask. The District is encouraging voluntary compliance with the CDC order, but it will not deny school transportation services nor impose disciplinary measures upon students for non-compliance with the CDC order. Please note, students who are identified as a close contact and are not wearing a mask will be required to quarantine for ten days minimally.