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The Philadelphia School District requires students and staff to wear masks for the first 10 days of the school year and requires pre-kindergarten students to wear masks year-round.
School district and city officials made the announcement Friday in a letter to parents, saying that after the first 10 days of the school year, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, most schools will switch to masks. optional.
The letter says that when the level of community transmission of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is high, students and staff will be required to wear masks in schools. When the level is medium, masking is “strongly recommended”.
Students and staff of the district’s Pre-K Head Start program, the district’s income-focused pre-kindergarten program for ages 3 to 5, will be required to wear a mask throughout the 2022-23 school year, according to the ‘announcement.
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“For the first 10 days of the new school year – August 29 through September 9 – all students and staff will be required to wear masks at school, regardless of COVID-19 community level,” the announcement read. “Students and staff in PreK Head Start programs are still required to wear masks at all times, regardless of community level.”
There are also instances where an isolated mask requirement may be implemented, such as a school-wide or classroom-wide outbreak of COVID-19, or when returning from extended breaks and vacations.
The district is also implementing a “mask to stay” program, stating that students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school but must wear a mask for 10 days.
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If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate at home for at least five days, but can return to school afterward if they have no symptoms “but must wear a high-grade mask. quality (N95 or KN95) for an additional 5 days and must eat in a designated area,” the ad reads.
Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News medical analyst and professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, said there was “no public health value” in requiring students and staff to mask up for the first 10 days of the school year.
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“The whole thing is that the mandates don’t work at all. So, you know, they just cloud the question of whether there’s any public health value in doing all of this. I mean, I think that if you’re high level So if I was in a high spread area and I was high risk I could choose to wear a mask indoors but there’s no evidence that those warrants do what whether it be.
Siegel added that “ten-day warrants are like a sign of hypocrisy.”