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Pennsylvania Court Cases Reinforce Legal Obligation To Follow and Enforce School Masking Order

October 11th, 2021

These cases, and undoubtedly others to come, only reinforce what has been the responsible legal advice – that the Department of Health order is lawful and enforceable and that school districts are obligated to make good faith efforts to implement the order.

PDE and DHS Defend Medical Reasoning: School Mask Requirements Do Not Constitute Child Abuse

October 5th, 2021

Whether it be with school closures, virtual learning, or mask mandates, few districts have experienced the level of daily public outcry as has accompanied this pandemic.

Trying to Keep Things Moving: Bus Driver Shortages Affect School Transportation, Could Be Year-Long

September 28th, 2021

According to a national survey, more than half of the country’s school districts are reporting either a “severe” or “desperate” driver shortage.

For School Boards Caught In the Middle of the Mask Debate

September 7th, 2021

In the public controversy over the wearing of masks in schools, many legal theories have been advanced by non-lawyers and some lawyers as well questioning the legality of government-imposed mandatory masking requirements in light of the COVID pandemic. Some of the proponents of these theories advocate non-compliance as a remedy and some more cautiously suggest legislative fixes or legal challenges.  

The Mask Mandate: The Rest of the Story

September 2nd, 2021

Schools should establish a process for parents to request an exemption from the mask mandate. Upon receipt of such a request, a school team must convene. 

Governor Wolf Announces State-Wide Mask Mandate for All Pennsylvania Schools

August 31st, 2021

Today, Governor Wolf announced the Order of the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health mandating universal face coverings within K-12 schools and childcare facilities.

Does Religious Exemption Hold Same Legal Weight As Medical Exemption Against School Mandates?

August 27th, 2021

We are accustomed to two exceptions that seem to roll off the tongue at the mention of mandates – medical and religious. These two exceptions, however, do not apply with equal force.

Update to Title IX Regulations: The New Department Of Education Speaks

August 25th, 2021

Unlike the Obama-era “Dear Colleague Letters” which were merely “significant guidance,” these new Regulations were enacted with notice and comment rule-making and applied uniformly with the force of law to all schools receiving federal funds of any kind, pre-K to vocational and postsecondary educational institutions.

What Does Long COVID Mean For Your Students?

August 17th, 2021

Just as schools have had to adapt and react to those with acute symptoms of this deadly virus, they must also understand and react to members of the school community experiencing long COVID.

COVID Prevention Strategies Remain Critical to Protect School Communities This Fall

July 20th, 2021

On July 16, 2021, PDE advised school entities to follow current CDC guidance.