PHILADELPHIA (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says the state won’t be mandating masks inside schools.
His comments Friday came just after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order requiring masks for everyone in schools. Wolf said at a press conference that Pennsylvania won’t be following suit.READ MORE: Alumni Band Rescues Aliquippa High School Marching Band Just In Time For Homecoming
“I think the school districts in Pennsylvania have to decide what they want to do. I think the CDC guidelines say ‘strongly recommend’ that schools do that. They’re not mandating it, and neither am I,” said Wolf.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
CDC guidance released new guidance last week recommending that everyone in K-12 wear masks in school, regardless of their vaccination status.
He says the Department of Education will provide a strong set of recommendations, but it’s not their place to make it a requirement.MORE NEWS: Penn-Trafford Football Player Asks For Donations For Each Tackle This Season To Raise Money For Police Department
As districts continue to release and change their mask policies, you can find an updated list here.