WARREN, Pa. – Amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across both the state and the country, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a statewide mask mandate for all K-12 schools, public and private, and child care facilities Tuesday, Aug. 31.
During Tuesday’s announcement, Gov. Tom Wolf said the order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 7, was “a necessary step to keep our students and teachers safe and in the classroom, which is where they all need to be.”
“The masking topic creates a lot of debate,” Stewart said. “There is a great deal of frustration out there right now. We are hearing, primarily, from those who want to keep masking a choice.”
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Do you support the statewide school mask mandate?
- No (71%, 184 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 69 Votes)
- Neither support nor oppose (2%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 259
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