Masks will be needed when students return to class at Catholic schools in Philadelphia, as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread in the community as the school year begins, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sent letters home to parents and guardians who stated that all students, teachers, staff and visitors to all of its elementary, secondary and secondary schools in the Five County area must be masked inside for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The mandate on interior masking comes in the middle advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some local governments, said the archdiocese.
“Given the continued presence of COVID-19 and the high level transmissibility rates associated with the Delta variant, particularly among the unvaccinated in our communities, we remain firm in our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our people. students, faculty, administrators, and staff, ”Archdiocesan spokesman Kenneth Gavin told NBC10.
Archdiocesan schools will open for in-person instruction five days a week this fall.
There are places where masks will not be mandatory:
“The masks will not be needed when eating or outside,” a letter sent to high school families said. “In situations where masks are not required, they can be worn as a personal choice. “
Gavin said they hope the masking measure is only temporary and that the Archdiocese understands some families may be disappointed.
“We realize this can be difficult for our school families, but we are committed to fostering the academic, religious, social and emotional development of our students,” Gavin said. “Please be assured that we are doing our best to meet the various needs.”