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Pa. Supreme Court grapples with the legality of state school masking mandate

The justices have ordered the directive, which took effect in early September, will remain in place while they consider a legal challenge.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Court to decide if Pennsylvania schools’ mask order is legal

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam imposed the school masking mandate as COVID-19 cases were increasing and amid concerns about the surge of the delta variant.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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Updated: November 11, 2021 | 5:00 pm

Pennsylvania court throws out governor’s school mask mandate, but appeal puts ruling on hold

Commonwealth Court sided 4-1 with the ranking Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the masking order.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: November 8, 2021 | 4:40 pm

Wolf expects to let Pa. schools set masking rules in January

The decision to end the statewide mandate comes days after federal officials approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children five and older.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press, Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press and Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Parents sue state officials and UPMC because they can’t get mask exemption for kids

The complaint says all the children either have anxiety disorders or experience anxiety due to masks.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Tamaqua school district that shunned mask mandate reverses decision

A Pennsylvania school district that openly flouted a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools has reversed course and says it will require universal masking for students and others inside school buildings. The Tamaqua Area School Board voted 6-3 on Tuesday night to comply with the masking order from the state Health Department, which requires students, staff and visitors to cover their faces while indoors.

By The Associated Press

Challenging school mask mandate, House Republicans tap obscure committee

Democrats say the move will cause confusion as COVID-19 cases are rising.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa.’s GOP-controlled legislature to mount challenges to Wolf admin’s school mask mandate

A group of state senators are putting their chips on a constitutional change. House lawmakers aren’t offering specifics — yet.

By Sam Dunklau

Suit challenges Pennsylvania’s new mask mandate for schools

The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Wolf administration’s new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press