Legislation sought by state Rep. Joe Ciresi would pay for virus personal protective equipment bought by schools. It's similar to a bill approved last year, but which is now expired.
Although several Pottsgrove School District residents voiced strong opposition, its Board of School Directors updated its Health and Safety policy Tuesday to include state-ordered protective masks without exemptions.
Under a Pennsylvania order, students across the state must wear masks beginning Tuesday if they attend in-person schooling. In western Montgomery County and elsewhere, 14-day virus positivity rates are climbing in both schools and municipalities. See the most recent statistics.
Pottsgrove school board President Robert Lindgren advocated a plan to require universal masking in schools for at least 30 days. It was the best way to ensure students were educated in person, he said. His colleagues agreed, 6-1.
There were plenty of state officials attending Friday as Montgomery County Community College held a COVID-19 immunization clinic in Pottstown. Its real stars, though, were those who received vaccines.
Pennsylvania's executive deputy secretary of education visits the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College on Friday, to encourage students and others to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Federal statistics made available as of Aug. 1 show local nursing home workers have lower rates of COVID-19 vaccinations than the patients for whom they care. That may soon affect the facilities' revenues.
State officials are offering schools across the state more ability to conduct on-site vaccination clinics, and the ability to conduct voluntary COVID-19 for entire classrooms with fast results.