HARRISBURG – When Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that masks would be required in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms, but by doing so he failed to recognize that Pennsylvania is poorly served by a “one-size-fits-all” approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19, according to Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).
“The governor’s announcement comes as the pace of hospitalizations and deaths is slowing statewide, and the new universal mandate fails to take into account that Pennsylvania continues to have select ‘hotspots’ of spread. Decisions about local schools should be made by local school boards, who are better able to respond to local conditions as they develop. It is a strategic mistake for the governor to take decision-making power out of their hands,” Schemel said.
Representative Paul Schemel
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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