Gov. Wolf expects to let Pennsylvania schools set masking rules in January

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s governor expects to let school districts modify or end the mask mandate for K-12 students in January.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that his administration plans to turn over decisions about masking to local school officials on Jan. 17.

The acting health secretary’s mask mandate will remain in place for early learning programs and child care facilities.

The Wolf administration imposed a statewide mandate in early September, citing a surge in infections and hospitalizations from the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Our news partners at talked to some surrounding districts about their plans.