ELC Applauds Mask Mandate for Schools, Urges Swift Implementation

The Education Law Center applauded the Wolf administration’s Aug. 31 announcement of a universal statewide mask mandate for all Pennsylvania public schools, effective September 7. The order will create safe learning environments during the pandemic while establishing appropriate exceptions for students and school staff with qualifying disabilities. Masks have proven to be highly effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and the need for masking is well-established.

ELC, alongside four dozen organizations from across Pennsylvania, sent letters to the governor, secretary of health, secretary of education, and leaders of the General Assembly on Aug. 30, requesting this mask mandate.

Read our full statement on the mask mandate.