A state court judgment striking down the requirement that students wear face masks at school was overturned by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday, but the rule will remain in place for the time being.
Last month, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon found the state’s acting health secretary lacked the power to enforce a ban on face masks in public schools, saying that the order had been “improperly issued. ” The governor’s administration reportedly wasn’t happy with the decision and immediately filed an appeal, so the masks will remain in place for the time being.
The Pennsylvania School Mask Mandates Remains After By Appeals Court
In a statement to the media, Wolf’s office said that the bill approved clearly defines the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Health. State and local authorities are discussing mask rules in schools around the country, particularly in Texas and Florida.
The legal battle is coming to an end against the background of a raging discussion. Masks, always a contentious issue among parents and educators, were even more divided when some local school districts implemented the rule in response to the coronavirus Delta strain outbreak just as classes were starting up.
According to Fizzano Cannon, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, following a prior ruling, determined that the state’s regulatory review system was necessary to consider Beam’s mask requirement order since there was no statewide emergency at the time it was issued. In June, the state’s Covid-19 emergency designation was rescinded following a vote by the state legislature.
Beginning January 17, 2022, which is also the day when the statewide school mask requirement will be phased out, local school authorities will be allowed to adopt their own Covid-19 mitigation measures, the governor said on Monday.
An official statement from Wolf said that the purchase of school masks was essential to guarantee the safety and well-being of Pennsylvania’s students as they began the new school year. It is time to prepare for the return to a more regular environment now that we have relocated to a different region of the nation than where we were in September of last year.
A statement from the state’s most prominent teachers’ union, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, said the group would continue to push for the use of facemasks in schools. Because of this decision, the Commonwealth Court does not alter the recommendations made by the CDC in its report earlier this year.
A union official, Chris Lilienthal, offered his perspective on the subject. The PSEA urges students and staff to follow safety measures to ensure the safety of their families while they are at school.
Students, staff, and visitors in the United States should wear masks regardless of whether they have received the Covid-19 immunization, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Vaccinations for young children may now begin this week since Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 got emergency use authorization last week.