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The justices have ordered the directive, which took effect in early September, will remain in place while they consider a legal challenge.
Commonwealth Court sided 4-1 with the ranking Republican in the state Senate and others who sued to challenge the masking order.
The decision to end the statewide mandate comes days after federal officials approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children five and older.
Educators say there’s a clear choice: Limit the spread of the virus, or risk going back to online and hybrid learning.
Pa. schools may be required to post their curriculum online. Is it about transparency or censorship?
The bill would apply to school districts, career and technical centers, charter schools and intermediate units.
Officials offered different reasons for the lack of participation, including fear of finding too many cases and simply being too overwhelmed by a chaotic start to the academic year.