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Statewide mask order
Yesterday, a statewide order took effect requiring students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in Pennsylvania schools. PSEA strongly believes that universal masking, per CDC guidelines, is the right thing to do to keep schools open for in-person instruction and reduce health risks for everyone.
This is an order, and all PSEA members in school buildings must follow it
While not all PSEA members may agree with this order, it is extremely important for all members to understand that it is an order, not a suggestion or a guideline. That means that all PSEA members must follow this order and wear masks in school buildings.
If members don’t follow the order, they could face legal consequences
Any person violating the order can, for each offense, be convicted of a summary offense and sentenced to pay fines or face jail time if fines are not paid. Fines range from $25 to $300. Criminal complaints can be filed with a local magistrate by the State Department of Health, County Departments of Health, or any person who knows someone has violated the order.
If members don’t follow the order, they could be subject to discipline
Under the Educator Discipline Act, educators must “comply with all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations and with written school entity policies.” For members who don’t comply with the order, a person who knows they have violated the order can file a complaint with the Professional Standards and Practices Commission.
Here are some key things you need to know about this order:
And here are some key reasons why universal masking in schools is a good idea:
We all need to follow the rules
We were all hoping that this school year wouldn’t begin with all of us wearing masks. But the spread of the Delta variant and the dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania has made mask wearing necessary.
This is a controversial topic, and PSEA members have different opinions about it. But as educators and support professionals, we know how to follow rules. This is a rule that we must follow. It is an order, not a suggestion.
Working together and supporting each other, we will get through this. And, with this order in place, we have a much better chance of keeping our students in the classroom, learning in person.
Find out more at psea.org/masking
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