Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

North Schuylkill Reinstitutes Mask Mandate After 3 COVID Cases, 60 Quarantined

face masks mandatory north schuylkill school district

face masks mandatory north schuylkill school district

North Schuylkill School District is again mandating face masks be worn inside school buildings.

The policy goes into place on Aug. 30 and requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a face mask inside a school building regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

North Schuylkill says it’s doing this because of 3 positive cases of COVID reported in the last week within the district. Those 3 cases, the school says, require that about 60 students need to quarantine, based on the “Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) quarantine guidelines.”

North Schuylkill Reinstates Mask Mandate Following 3 COVID Positive Tests, 60 Students in Quarantine

The school also says that had it required face masks indoors prior to these 3 cases being identified, only 11 students would be quarantined.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“To ensure the greatest likelihood that we will be able to provide in-person instruction 5-days a week, mandatory masking is necessary,” the school states in a social media post on Friday. “Based on our current experience with Covid-19 in our two schools, masking is an important step to comply with quarantine guidelines and keep our students in-person 5 days a week.”

North Schuylkill’s school board will reconsider this mask policy change at its next meeting on Sept. 8.

The school also posted this in the same message:

Based on National data, Pennsylvania is now considered a COVID-19 “hotspot” and the Delta variant is driving a resurgence. Delta is more infectious and has been characterized as “younger, sicker, and quicker spreader.” Schuylkill County is now in the “High” transmission level as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our partners at St. Luke’s University Health Network are recommending “Universal Masking in Schools” for at least the first 4-6 weeks.

And while it also writes, “We appreciate and acknowledge the many questions and concerns regarding mask mandates in schools,” the school has limited or blocked any discussion of its decision on its Facebook post.

north schuylkill mask mandate

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!



  1. PTFloridians

    August 29, 2021 at 9:10 am

    These waste-of-time government tools have zero evidence and zero interest in teaching your children a quality education…they are simply operatives of the federal and state governments and cozy bedfellows of the teachers union, for a long, long time. Folks need to look at alternative methods of learning and bankrupt/close down these useless time and money sinks.
    … everybody in these slush fund districts got paid, funded and incentivized over the last two years, while parents and children have suffered immeasurably. Close em all.

    • PTFloridians

      August 29, 2021 at 8:15 pm

      Oh…BTW…seasonal flus have disappeared, huh…
      …or have they simply been re-branded & re-named…?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Local Weather

If you missed the heat on Monday, you'll be happy for today.

Local Weather

One day of relief and then a return, albeit briefly, to the heat.

Local Weather

One more day of the heat before a little break ... a very little break.

Local Weather

A (little) break from the heat is in the 7-day.

Local Weather

Sizzling today and the rest of the weekend.

Local Weather

It's the first day of summer!

PA Lottery Numbers

Saturday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Wednesday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Sunday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Thursday's winning numbers