(BLP) – The School District of Philadelphia just announced that it will be reinstating its mask mandate for all students and staff due to the apparent 42% increase in COVID-19 cases compared to two weeks ago, according to the New York Times.
Most saw this coming, and are unsurprised that Philadelphia is the first district to bring back its dreaded COVID policies. As it was just April when Philadelphia reintroduced its indoor mask mandate – moving to a tier 2 “mask precaution” response level.
Philadelphia is returning to mask mandates in schools, a completely useless policy with zero benefits and massive harms
Forcing endless mandates on kids is the inevitable and devastating consequence of the disinformation on masks from the CDC, Dr. Fauci and CNN “experts” https://t.co/575vm9zhJf
— Ian Miller (@ianmSC) May 23, 2022
This newest mandate (which became active on Monday, May 23rd) requires students and staff to follow the district’s mask policy that was recommended by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Per the announcement, “all School District students and staff will be required to wear their masks during the school and work day and while riding on school buses and vans.”
It goes on to advise that this mandate is to remain in place “until further notice.”
“To help protect everyone’s health and well-being as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in the Philadelphia area, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) has recommended that we resume universal mask wearing,” the May 20 announcement reads.
The district superintendent later went on to say the district’s pandemic response “continues to evolve.”
This mandate will likely be met with more backlash than when it was originally introduced, as new studies have shown that parents are moving their children from public schools to alternatives in “more COVID-cautious” areas.
This is because parents and state representatives have been sounding the alarms over the masking of children for up to 8 hours per day. Arguing that universal masking poses far greater downsides for kids than the virus itself.
Regardless, the School District of Philadelphia is clear; they are taking the pandemic seriously. Focusing more on the spread of COVID-19 than other factors that affect a child’s education and ability to focus and learn.
This latest attempt to rein in COVID-19 infections comes as cases continue to rise across the U.S. and “trend at the highest levels seen since March” according to Market Watch.
Various reports show these cases are largely driven by the BA.2 variant of omicron, along with two other sub-variants that are said to be even more infectious.
Philadelphia has reinstated a face-mask mandate for students and teachers.
“As we’ve learned since the pandemic began, the coronavirus continues to evolve and so too will our response to it,” the superintendent for the school district said. https://t.co/6L9dOPNaA5
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) May 24, 2022
The New York Times tracker estimates that the U.S. is averaging 108,065 cases a day, which is up 53% from two weeks ago.
New York City just raised its COVID alert to “high” last week, so Americans should expect more mandates like Philadelphia’s in the near future. Especially in blue states.
After all, President Biden did warn that “this pandemic isn’t over.”
NOW – Biden: "This pandemic isn’t over." pic.twitter.com/QjiOMIAPSX
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) May 12, 2022
It’s a shame that regardless of this spike in cases, public school students are the ones forced to bear the consequences more than anyone else in society thanks to unpopular mandates like these.