Governor Wolf seeks Pennsylvania school mask warrant
Pennsylvania schools should have a statewide mask requirement in all classrooms, Governor Tom Wolf said Wednesday.
Governor Wolf called on the state Senate to pass a law that would require all Pennsylvania students to wear a mask when they return to school. It is not known how these lawmakers will react to the governor’s request.
Wolf made the request in a letter to some of the state’s leaders, including Senate Speaker Pro Temper Jake Corman.
Wolf is unable to issue such a warrant himself after voters pass a measure restricting the governor’s powers during the pandemic. It was a move pushed by GOP lawmakers who called some of Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional.
In today’s letter, Wolf said he is “increasingly concerned about the dissemination of misinformation in an attempt to discredit a school district’s obvious ability to implement masking.”
He also said he feared “local control could be usurped by the threat – implicit or explicit – of political consequences for making good decisions in public health and education.”
He urges lawmakers in Harrisburg to quickly pass legislation to require masks in schools, amid the burgeoning delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.
A similar measure is already in place for New Jersey. The governor of that state, Phil Murphy, has already signed an order requiring the wearing of masks in all public and private schools in the state for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
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