North Allegheny School District to continue mask-wearing throughout school year

MCCANDLESS, Pa. — This is a prime example of the new CDC mask guidance causing some confusion.

Families got an email from the district stating fully vaccinated students and staff wouldn’t have to wear masks at school starting May 19. Now the district is backtracking that decision after getting more clarification.

“After further investigation and clarifications into recommendations made by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the weekend; the North Allegheny School District will continue to require face covering from students and staff for the remainder of the year. During this time, NASD will consult with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allegheny County Health Department, and Pennsylvania Department of Education to interpret the Pennsylvania Universal Mask Order for the 2021-2022 school year,” North Allegheny School District stated.

The CDC updated its guidance on Saturday, recommending schools should continue masks for the rest of the school year as most students are not fully vaccinated.

Braeden Young is a student at North Allegheny. Channel 11 caught up with him during lunch on Monday, after the district changed its mask guidelines with a few weeks of school left.

“It’s sad, there’s only two and half weeks left in school. It doesn’t make that much of a difference. I’m glad its steps to resuming normal life past COVID,” Young explained.

Channel 11 also reached out to other local school districts like Butler and Mars. At this time both schools are also following recommendations and keeping masks on.