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Lack of emergency order or regulation doomed mask mandate

The state Supreme Court is just now releasing its rationale for why it ruled that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration had no legal authority to require masks in Pennsylvania’s schools and child care centers, even amid a pandemic and surging cases of COVID-19.

By The Associated Press

Pennsylvania high court throws out mask mandate for schools

Pennsylvania schoolchildren may soon be attending classes unmasked under a state Supreme Court ruling throwing out the Wolf administration’s statewide mandate that face coverings be worn inside K-12 school buildings.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Mask mandate must expire Dec. 4, judge rules in latest twist

A state judge says an order that requires masks inside K-12 schools and child care facilities to contain the coronavirus should expire Dec. 4, although that’s unlikely to be the final legal development. Tuesday’s ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon comes a week after her court threw out the statewide mask mandate.

By The Associated Press

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Panel upholds school mask rule after House GOP sought review

The Joint Committee on Documents voted 7 to 4 on Thursday to uphold the validity of Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s Aug. 31 order. The order applies to K-12 schools and child care facilities and is designed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania appeals court takes up school mask challenge

Commonwealth Court is deciding a pair of lawsuits filed by parents who contend that masks interfere with their children’s breathing and cause other problems.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Inside a Pa. middle school where everyone wears masks, and it’s not really an issue

Educators say there’s a clear choice: Limit the spread of the virus, or risk going back to online and hybrid learning.

By Brett Sholtis

Updated: October 1, 2021 | 5:00 pm

Midstate moms launch write-in bids for school board in Lancaster County

Just over a week ago, Keely Childers Heany, Heidi Moser, Sarah Dickey and Laura Shenk launched a campaign in response to what they view as unruly conduct at school board meetings.

By Julia Agos

Districts and families consider mask mandates as school year plans take shape

The American Academy of Pediatrics urge “back to class, wear a mask,” but local districts make final decision

By Merideth Bucher