As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, especially among school-aged children, Republicans want to end the mask requirement in schools and daycares.
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.
With school back in session, Gov. Wolf's mask mandate prompted protests and non-compliance throughout the state.
The order will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 7 and will require students, teachers, and staff to wear masks when inside.
The response came one day after Gov. Wolf asked GOP leaders to summon lawmakers to Harrisburg to pass legislation requiring schools and child care facilities to require masks in classrooms.
Pennsylvania's coronavirus numbers are rising, reversing a months-long trend.
Pennsylvania will drop its mask mandate on June 28, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said Thursday morning.