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August 31, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

Wolf Administration Requires Masking in Schools, Early Learning and Child Care Settings to Keep Students Safely in Classrooms and Delta Variant Out

With a focus on protecting students and keeping them in classrooms, Governor Tom Wolf joined the departments of Health, Human Services and Education to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers. The order takes effect 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

"My office has received an outpouring of messages from parents asking the administration to protect all children by requiring masks in schools," said Gov. Wolf. "The science is clear. The Delta variant is highly transmissible and dangerous to the unvaccinated, many of whom are children too young to receive the vaccine. Requiring masks in schools will keep our students safer and in the classroom, where we all want them to be.

"I preferred for local school boards to make this decision. Unfortunately, an aggressive nationwide campaign is spreading misinformation about mask-wearing and pressuring and intimidating school districts to reject mask policies that will keep kids safe and in school. As we see cases among children increase in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, this is especially dangerous and challenging as we seek to keep kids in school and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment."

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam was joined at a press conference today by Governor Tom Wolf, Education Secretary Noe Ortega, Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead and President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Trude Haecker.



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Trude Haecker speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Noe Ortega speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Trude Haecker speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Noe Ortega speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/19089_GOV_School_Masking_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Governor Tom Wolf speaks during a press conference, which discussed the current state of COVID-19 and a new Secretary of Health order requiring masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs and child care providers, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.