|Pottsgrove Schools Superintendent David Finnerty explains the district's new masking policy during Tuesday night's school board meeting.|
Doesn't it just figure that just as schools are getting ready to open, or have already opened, that COVID-19 would throw a wrench into things?
In this case, it seems more like delta, COVID-s mutant cousin, that's doing the wrench throwing. Across the region, school districts that looked to start school without mandating masks have found themselves confounded by rising infections and making early course corrections.
The latest domino to fall -- in the wake of Owen J. Roberts, Phoenixville, Boyertown and Spring-Ford -- is Pottsgrove.
Earlier this month, the Pottsgrove School Board adopted a policy that would recommend masks, but not require them. But Tuesday night, that policy was changed when the board voted 6-1 to require mask wearing by all staff and students for the first four weeks of school.
Like in other districts, the board agreed with the administration that the way the health guidelines are written, the best way to keep students who have been in "close contact" with someone who tests positive for the virus from having to quarantine for seven days is to ensure everyone is wearing a mask.
"Masking saves two kids from being excluded" from class, said Superintendent David Finnerty.
|Pottsgrove School Board President Robert Lindgren|