Parents of students at Mahanoy Area School District were warned about their kids violating the face mask policy on Tuesday.
District officials say if a student continually violates the school’s face mask policy, they’ll be relegated to attending classes virtually, possibly until “COVID has passed in the state.”
The school posted this warning on its official Facebook page Tuesday evening.
Mahanoy Area Threatens Students with Virtual School for Violating Face Mask Policy
And when Mahanoy Area says violation of its face mask policy, it doesn’t mean just not wearing one. The school means it better not catch students with their mask not covering their nose and mouth at the same time.
There are 3 levels to Mahanoy Area’s discipline policy concerning face masks.
The first time a student is caught not wearing a mask, they’ll get a written warning by the school Principal.
If it happens again, the student is moved to “Option 2”. That means they’ll have to attend classes virtually for 1 week after that second violation. “Option 1” is apparently attending school in-person full-time.
Students are banned from entering any school buildings if they’re in Option 2. If the student who twice violated the face mask policy gets through a week of virtual learning, they can return to Option 1.
However, upon returning to Option 1, if that same student violates the school’s face mask policy a third time, they’ll have to take classes virtually, perhaps forever, as this warning is written. Mahanoy Area says a serial violator like this can not return to in-person classes “until COVID has passed in the state.”
This warning is a bit repetitive in nature, as it’s written, but says:
“Upon return to option 1, third time a student is not wearing a face covering correctly (covering nose and mouth) at all times when not taking a break designated by the teacher — student will be moved back to option 2 until COVID has passed in the state. Student may not enter the buildings at any time.”
That seems like an uphill legal battle for Mahanoy Area. We’re not sure you can kick a student out of school – or force them to take classes virtually and ban them from stepping foot on school policy – over a face mask policy potentially forever.
Even though the swine flu pandemic was in 2009 and no one really talks about it anymore, H1N1v, as it’s now known, is still an active virus and people contract it all the time. If you get a flu shot annually, the vaccine for it is in that but it’s not even close to 100% effective.
So, barring some miracle vaccine that wipes “COVID” off the map entirely, Mahanoy Area is essentially saying that 3 violations of the school’s face mask policy could prohibit a student from attending classes in person forever.
Of course, maybe when it says “has passed in the state” Mahanoy Area means “everyone stops freaking out about it.”
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