Message from Secretary of Education, Noe Ortega

Please see an important message below from the Secretary of Education, Noe Ortega.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is committed to supporting our schools as questions arise around the Commonwealth Court ruling overturning Acting Secretary Beam’s masking order. This message is to provide updated information on the status of the masking order.
Per the Commonwealth Court’s Order of November 15, the school entity masking mandate remains in place through at least December 4, pending the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s hearing of this matter.
School masking is a necessary public health measure to keep children safe and provide them with as much in-person learning in school as possible. Medical experts agree — hospitals and healthcare professionals across the state support the masking requirement. Requiring masks in schools is helping to keep students in classrooms and the virus out and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As a reminder, earlier this month, Governor Tom Wolf announced his administration’s intention to lift the commonwealth’s K-12 school mask mandate on January 17, 2022. Upon expiration of the statewide mandate, school officials will again be able to implement masking policies at the local level. It is important to note that schools may continue requiring mask-wearing based on CDC guidance. 
Thank you for all that you do to keep our students, educators, and communities safe.
Oswayo Valley School District (c) 2019