PA Updated K-12 Mask Mandate 8-31-21

PA Updated K-12 Mask Mandate 8-31-21
Posted on 08/31/2021

Learn more about the new mask requirements for all PA K-12 schools mandated by Governor Wolf as of 8-31-21

Important Information Regarding Masks and COVID-19

 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's administration recently mandated that all students, staff, and visitors in both public and private schools must wear masks while in school buildings effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021, unless an exemption applies to that person. This state order, which can be found here, is for those in child care centers and kindergarten through 12th-grade schools. 


This mandate will replace the indoor masking requirements established in the NPSD Health and Safety Plan until further notice.  As per the safety plan, masking outdoors will be optional during low, moderate and substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission but masking will be required during high levels as defined by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH).


NPSD parents and staff are reminded that the Incidence and Positivity Rates for NPSD Residents (data from the MCOPH) can be found on the district website here. Additionally, on this page, you can find confirmed cases in our schools which are tracked on the COVID-19 dashboard. 


Please note that a change from last year is that letters will NOT be emailed to staff and families when there is a confirmed case in your building, as the dashboard referenced above provides this information. The only time a communication will be sent will be in regard to a confirmed case in the Extended School Care Program as this is a special requirement of the PA Department of Human Services for all child care programs. 


Be assured that you will be contacted privately if you are a close contact to a confirmed case. 


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.