Masking Update December 2021


December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Commonwealth Court’s November 2021 decision invalidating the August 31, 2021 PA Department of Health Masking Order for K-12 public schools.

This decision immediately voids the Department of Health (DOH) issued mask mandate, which has required masking in school buildings since September 7, 2021. Decisions regarding masking in schools are now returned to local school boards.

Our current Health and Safety Plan states that face coverings will be optional unless the wearing of face coverings is specifically required by law or Order of local, state, or Federal authorities.

Therefore, since the DOH Order has been invalidated, effective, today, December 10, 2021 face coverings will be optional for students, staff, and visitors in all South Eastern School District buildings as per our Health and Safety Plan.

Please note the following:

  •  Our current School Board approved Health and Safety Plan may be viewed by clicking here.
  •  Faculty, staff or students who wish to wear face coverings may continue to do so.
  •  Future board meetings will allow for both in-person and virtual public participation. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on January 6, 2022.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate the changing mandates and guidance for Pennsylvania’s public schools.