School District of Philadelphia reinstates mandatory face coverings for students and staff following spike in COVID-19 cases

The use of masks in schools was implemented following the recommendation of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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The School District of Philadelphia announced Monday the return of a mask mandate for all students and staff within the district following an increase in COVID-19 cases. throughout the city.

According to an announcement from the district, students and staff will be required to wear masks while at school and during the workday beginning Monday. Also when they are on school buses and vans.

District officials decided to resume mask mandate following a recommendation from the Philadelphia Department of Public HealthFox News reported.

“To help protect the health and well-being of everyone as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in the Philadelphia area, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) has recommended that we resume universal mask wearing. Therefore, beginning this Monday, May 23, and until further notice, all School District students and staff will be required to wear their face coverings during the school and work day while riding school buses and vans,” the announcement reads. district.

For his part, the district superintendent, William Hite, indicated in the announcement that its response to the pandemic continues to evolve, just as Covid-19 has.

“As we have learned since the pandemic began, the coronavirus continues to evolve and so will our response,” Hite said.

According to the New York Times, the city of Philadelphia has seen a 42% increase in Covid-19 cases compared to the average for two weeks.

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