Breaking News: Masking to stay in place at Derry Township School District

Lauren Cribbs, Editor in Chief

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Derry Township School District sent an email to parents regarding the Commonwealth Court Decision striking down Governor Wolf’s masking order for public schools.  DTSD will keep the mandate in place until a new revised plan is presented and approved. 

This is because the DTSD Board of Directors had already voted to require masking as a part of the Health and Safety Plan which was filed with the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Health.

The original masking order was placed on September 7, 2021 by Allison Beam, Pennsylavia Acting Secretary of Health, but has been overturned by the Commonwealth Court. The Wolf Admissionstration has filed an appeal, but the mandate will remain in place until the PA Supreme Court reaches a decision.

The court’s decision came two days after Governor Wolf announced that the decision to require masks or not in public schools will be returned to local school boards on January 17, 2022. 

As of Thursday, November 11, Hershey High School is reporting one positive case and 23 staff or students quarantining with suspected or potential cases of COVID.