Frankel applauds mask mandate for K-12 schools, daycare facilities

Says this is good news for Pennsylvania families, educators

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – In response to the Pennsylvania Department of Health order mandating masks be worn by everyone in all K-12 schools and daycare facilities, Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement:

“Universal masking is the very best way we have to ensure that we keep the school doors open and the kids safe.

“The entire state is seeing the effects of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The spread has resulted in increased daily case counts, hospitalizations and the state’s test percent positivity rate. One sick student could lead to hundreds of cases for one school, potentially resulting in even more cases in the community. But with universal mask-wearing, the chances of mass spread decrease exponentially.

“Students in schools and daycare centers must mask up and eligible adults must get vaccinated so we can save lives and beat the virus.”

The new mask mandate, which goes into effect Sept. 7, requires all students aged two and older, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a mask indoors at all public and private K-12 schools, as well as daycare facilities across the state. This does not apply to student athletes while they’re playing sports.

The full guidance can be viewed here.