Pottsgrove Schools Offer Masks to Those Who Want Them

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Pottsgrove school buildings have been riding what seems to be a roller coaster of COVID-19 cases during the past four weeks: rising in number for three of the four, and then falling this week, district Superintendent David Finnerty reported.

Although Montgomery County health officials on Friday (May 20, 2022) declared its virus transmission levels had reached a defined “high level” county-wide, Pottsgrove itself has not recently experienced two successive weeks of high transmission, Finnerty said. That prompted him, in a Sunday (May 22) e-mail to families, to acknowledge the district’s current health and safety plan was “not requiring masks” to be worn inside its buildings given existing conditions.

Finnerty’s e-mail encouraged Pottsgrove students whose families prefer masks to wear them. He also said masks are being offered for free at the office of each school building if they are no longer available at home. The superintendent also urged parents “to please continue to keep your children home if they are sick.”

The neighboring Pottstown School District has not required masks either but its superintendent, also on Sunday, strongly suggested students wear masks for their safety and that of others. The county also “strongly recommended” masking in all public settings during high-level transmission periods.

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