Pennsylvania Court Rejects Statewide School Mask Mandate

An order by Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary requiring masks in schools for grades K-12 was rejected on Wednesday by a state court, which sided with a Republican state senator and several parents who argued that the official had overstepped her authority.

The acting secretary, Alison Beam, had issued the order at the end of August, after a summer of raucous uproar in school board meetings across the state over whether districts were going to require masks.

A spokeswoman for the governor said that an appeal was being filed immediately to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, leaving the school mask requirement in place for now.

Ms. Beam’s order was in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health authority, which recommends that all students, teachers and staff members in K-12 schools wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status.

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