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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

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Updated: September 28, 2021 | 5:06 pm

Mask opt-out legislation clears Senate committee

The bill would have to clear the full Senate and the House before going to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who would almost certainly veto it.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Measure on masking in youth sports clears House committee

The Wolf administration’s masking order already exempts youth athletes from having to cover their faces during practice or games.

By The Associated Press

As Warren County COVID-19 cases increase, hundreds of students request masking exemptions

Warren County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases with the school year beginning this month. Close to 20% of new cases so far in September are among students in Warren County School District, where hundreds have been in quarantine.

By Min Xian/WPSU

Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions

State officials are pushing back, but it’s not clear how far they will go to get districts to enforce the masking requirement more stringently.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

State College council votes to require masks inside State College businesses, offices

The ordinance applies to grocery stores, retail shops, municipal buildings and doctors’ offices, regardless of a person's vaccination status.
By Anne Danahy/WPSU

Pennsylvania targeting doctors over blanket mask exemptions

In Lebanon County, Dr. Joel Yeager put a stock, four-page exemption letter on the homepage of his practice’s website. The site invited people to “print your own copy.”

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Loophole allows some Pennsylvania students to avoid masking

At least a dozen school districts are using exemption forms that don’t require a medical professional’s signature, making it easy for parents to opt out on behalf of their children.

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