Late this afternoon, Friday, December 10, 2021, the PA Supreme Court released its decision regarding the Department of Health mask order: The Court’s Order dated November 30, 2021, granting the emergency application to reinstate the automatic supersedeas, is vacated.
In the absence of any existing, valid, and legal-binding order from the PA Department of Health regarding facial coverings, as stated in Hempfield School District’s Health and Safety Plan, we will fall back to following the district’s approved plan which states that our schools will be mask optional. This will go into effect immediately.
As a reminder, Federal orders requiring masks to be worn on public transportation does include school buses and students will continue to be required to wear masks on buses.
The district’s current Health and Safety Plan will be reviewed at the Board meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
We will continue to update information on the Coronavirus Update Center on our website as additional information becomes available.