September 8: PSEA provides members with information about the statewide mask order for pre-K-12 public schools and makes it clear that members must follow it.
September 7: A statewide mask mandate for all pre-K-12 schools in Pennsylvania goes into effect.
August 31: Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announce that a statewide mask mandate for all pre-K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will go into effect on Sept. 7 and continue until the Secretary of Health determines that the threat of COVID-19 has diminished to the point where a statewide order is no longer necessary.
August 18: PSEA President Rich Askey calls on all school districts to require that students, staff, and visitors wear masks in Pennsylvania schools.
August 5: The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all students, staff, and visitors in pre-K-12 school buildings wear masks.
July 8: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all students, staff, and visitors in pre-K-12 school buildings wear masks.
July 9: PSEA President Rich Askey urges school leaders to consult educators and support professionals on initiatives funded by the American Rescue Plan aimed at closing learning gaps and meeting student health needs.
May 17: PSEA President Rich Askey calls for safe, in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.
March 29: According to the PA Department of Education, 111,358 teachers and school staff across Pennsylvania have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
March 16: PSEA President Rich Askey sends a letter to Gov. Wolf and members of the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Task Force thanking them for creating the school staff vaccination program.
March 3: Gov. Tom Wolf announces that a special COVID-19 vaccine program specifically for school staff members in Pennsylvania will begin on March 10. School staff members will receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at sites coordinated by intermediate units and staffed in some cases by members of the National Guard.
February 11:PSEA President Rich Askey joins other education associations to sign a letter encouraging Gov. Wolf’s administration to “prioritize providing the COVID-19 vaccine to Pennsylvania’s educators, support staff, and school administrators.”