Some Pottsgrove School Board members took their oaths of office and returned to seats at the board table Tuesday. The board approved a new virus masking plan, and raises for some administrators.
Response was prompt by families who wanted their children vaccinated against COVID-19; a Pottsgrove schools clinic quickly filled 400 openings. Good news: other local sites also offer children's shots.
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered Thursday (today) from 3-7 p.m. at Pottstown Middle School, 600 N. Franklin St. Register online; appointments remain available.
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.