Skip to comments.Students will have to wear masks all day in school with few exceptions: Pa. Health Department
Posted on 08/18/2020 5:51:43 AM PDT by lightman
Students over the age of 2 will be required to wear face coverings for nearly the entire school day under Pennsylvanias universal mask order, according to a Department of Education memo released this week.
There will be a limited number of instances in which students will be allowed to remove their face coverings, according to the memo. These include while eating or drinking, or during an activity that makes mask-wearing unsafe. Students can also take their masks off during 10-minute face-covering breaks.
For the safety of students, staff and families and to avoid community spread of COVID-19, students and staff are considered to be members of the public who are congregating in indoor locations. As such, they are required to adhere to this Order, the Department of Education said.
The order is in effect for students, staff and teachers. It also applies to student athletes whenever they are not actively engaged in a game or workout.
Health officials recommended school districts enforce mask-wearing on school buses, in addition to during the school day.
Students can only opt out with documentation showing they have a medical or mental health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, according to the memo.
Masks will be a requirement until Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine deems it is safe to loosen the restriction, education officials said.
Pennsylvanias universal mask order, which went into effect July 1, mandates masks be worn in any public setting. At the time, Gov. Tom Wolf said mask-wearing could be a requirement in Pennsylvania until a coronavirus vaccine is available.
Health officials last month urged teachers and staff to set a good example while acknowledging the challenges of receiving universal student compliance.
Given that children and adolescents may experience challenges in effectively adhering to recommendations, it is critical that staff set a good example for students by modeling behaviors around physical distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene, the Department of Health said.
The state is also asking schools to follow social distancing guidelines and limit the interactions between groups of students.
Each school district was required to submit individual safety proposals, but the states face mask and social distancing guidelines apply across the Commonwealth.
More information on the phased reopening of Pennsylvania schools is available on the Department of Healths website.
State sanctioned cruelty to children.
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Good luck with all that.
I’m almost looking forward to the day the muslims take over and throw idiots like this off the top of a roof.
So Rachel-the-Man says the kiddies can ONLY
remove the masks for “active” play with
his band of predators.
Seems wrong in so many ways.
I can foresee this policy becoming a huge failure. How do they intend to enforce it? They aren’t allowed to touch the children. Call in law enforcement? Can you imagine the shit show that would cause?
Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. That’s how it happened.
This crap has got to stop.
THere is nothing innocent about it, except for some of the duped foot soldiers carrying out the orders.
Literally—in the case of the three-year-olds.
Let the stupid run through them.
The destruction of publk skoolz is continuing.
And then real education by real TEACHERS (not eddikators) will begin again.
But Teacher...”I can’t breathe!”
It happened DIY when after being refused surgery on the basis that Richard was not of sound mind he went into an ER bathroom with a knife....
I would pull my kid out of school and tell the Government what sexual act to perform on themselves.
2) “Mask mouth” dental issues
3) Hypoxia, leading to
4) Poor concentration
5) Diminished cognitive skills
6) LOWER STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES!
...# 6 might be the “accidentally-on-purpose” of this B.S.
It should not be surprising that the Teacher’s Unions will make the children undergo the most onerous rules they can conjure up.
What’s being done to our children in the name of “safety” is sickening. Keeping 3, 4 and 5 yr babies trusses up in masks, making them fearful of the “unmasked” -— just sickening.
One silver lining to this madness is that hundreds of thousands of school children are going to be waking up to the absurdity of blindly following stupid orders from incompetent authority figures.
Dr. Levine’s sacred protected status as a transgender isn’t going to outlast the facts that s/he has bullied and ordered all of the population into these rules without any medical basis or consultation with competent authorities and resources. The truth will eventually come out and Dr. Levine’s performance handling public health policy is going to be shown to be the fraud that it is.
A lot of activists are going to rise up out of this mess. Kids were denied a lot of what they consider important milestones in their lives: sports, proms, graduations, vacations, dates, visits with family, etc... some will surely see it as playing their part in stopping the spread of the disease, but others will come to realize how pointless all the sacrifices were, especially when they learn how flimsy the reasoning behind all of it was.
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