Update on School Masking Requirement - December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we respond to changes related to the school masking order. As you are aware, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling has invalidated the Acting Secretary of Health’s school masking order. Therefore, there is currently no statewide school masking order in effect.

Since this announcement, we have been in communication with county health and education officials and our District Solicitor. Importantly, we have determined that any local changes to the masking order will not affect our Test to Stay Program. Additionally, families have now had ample opportunities to get their children vaccinated and, as of this Wednesday, those students who attended our recent vaccination clinic will be considered fully vaccinated. Vaccinations not only help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they also prevent students from being quarantined and missing school.

Accordingly, beginning Thursday, December 16, 2021, the masking order will be lifted in the Souderton Area School District and the District will follow the Health and Safety Plan adopted in August.

Health and Safety Plan Reminders:

  • Masks will continue to be required on school buses and all forms of school transportation until further notice per federal order.
  • In schools and school activities, masks are recommended but optional for all students and staff.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for all unvaccinated individuals.
  • Unvaccinated students who are not masked and are identified as close contacts in school will be required to quarantine or participate in the Test to Stay Program.
  • Students participating in the Test to Stay Program will be required to wear masks during the duration of the program.
  • Masks are recommended but optional for visitors and spectators.

Please view other important information from the Health and Safety Plan for the other mitigation measures that remain in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Please be reminded that students should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms; if they have had a positive COVID-19 test, or are awaiting results of a test; or if a parent, guardian, sibling, or other household contact is sick and has had a positive COVID-19 test.

Families should be aware that a masking requirement may again become necessary based on local conditions and/or changes to government guidance/mandates.