Face Mask Update
In keeping with recently updated COVID-19 mitigation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Derry Township School District will be revising its current requirements regarding the wearing of universal face coverings. The district will lift the current requirements for wearing face coverings in conjunction with the relaxation of state requirements. Governor Tom Wolf has indicated mask mandates for all Pennsylvanians will be lifted when 70% of adult Pennsylvanians are vaccinated against COVID-19 or June 28, whichever comes first.
Public health officials continue to recommend unvaccinated individuals wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth; but the wearing of masks will no longer be mandatory when the state restrictions ease.
The district will continue to monitor evolving guidelines from federal and state public health officials and provide additional information regarding COVID-19 mitigation expectations for the start of the 2021-2022 school year closer to the return to classes in August.
- The universal face covering requirement will become an optional consideration on district grounds and in district buildings, consistent with the state guidelines: mandates for all Pennsylvanians will be lifted when 70% of adult Pennsylvanians are vaccinated against COVID-19 or June 28, whichever comes first.
- Employees are asked to be flexible and respectful of their colleagues when face mask rules become relaxed. Voluntary wearing of universal face coverings will remain an option for staff members even after the state mandate is lifted.
- Public health officials encourage individuals who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings when around others, even when it is no longer mandatory.