Stories tagged: "children with COVID-19"


Students in Sabrina Werley's 4th grade math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County, April 14, 2021. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/Ben Hasty)
Wolf Expects to Let Schools Set Masking Rules in January

The governor said that, on Jan. 17, he expects to turn over decisions about masking to local school officials. The state's universal masking requirement for early learning programs and child care facilities will remain in place.

Giani Clarke,18, a senior at Wilson High School in West Lawn walks to her next class on March 3, 2021. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania School Mask Mandate Upheld After Republicans Sought Review

An obscure state panel voted 7-4 that Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam's Aug. 31 mask order for K-12 schools and child care facilities did not have to be enacted as a regulation.

Angelina DeChristopher, a ninth grade student, works with Brandywine Heights High School art teacher Jennilee Miller on March 1, 2021, in Longswamp Twp. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
PA Republicans Advance Mask Opt-Out Bill for Students

The law would allow parents and guardians to overrule any mask mandate imposed by the state Department of Health, a local health department, or a school board.

Hempfield School District Superintendent Michael Bromirski speaks during a state Senate Education Committee hearing about the state Department of Health's order for all students and staff to wear masks in schools. (Screenshot)
Stuck in the Middle: PA Schools Dealing With the Fallout From the Mask Order

Politics, not science, is driving the fight over masks in schools, with educators and administrators bearing the brunt of the fallout.

Learning support teacher Sabrina Werley holds the bottle of hand sanitizer for a student at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/ Ben Hasty)
PA GOP Fights School Mask Safeguard as COVID Cases Continue to Rise

As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, especially among school-aged children, Republicans want to end the mask requirement in schools and daycares.

A student holds her mask as she listens to Gov. Tom Wolf speak at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Releases Data on ‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 Cases

Unvaccinated people and those who have yet to be fully vaccinated had seven times the risk of contracting the virus and nearly eight times the risk of death as those offered full protection by a vaccine, according to the data.

Students in Sabrina Werley's 4th grade math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County, April 14, 2021. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/Ben Hasty)
Loophole Allows Some Pennsylvania Students to Avoid Masking

Spot checks of about 50 school districts revealed at least a dozen around the state are using exemption forms that don't require a medical professional's signature, making it easy for parents to opt out on behalf of their children.