Norwin School District to require face masks again

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Norwin School District will begin requiring face coverings on Nov. 22, the district said in a letter to families and community members.

This order applies to all district buildings for students, staff, and community members until further notice or action.

The district said this will be treated and enforced in the same way the order was treated and enforced at the start of the school year.

The district referred to the Commonwealth Court’s order for the optional mask rule to remain in place until Dec. 4. This order also tells Governor Tom Wolf how he and the Department of Health can extend the face-covering order through January by enacting an emergency declaration.

The letter also said that the Secretary of Education is issuing letters to districts that don’t enforce face coverings. The letter clearly mentions consequences in the form of sanctions, liability insurers canceling coverage, losing financial subsidies and referrals to the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for investigation.

Norwin School District said it will not expose itself to any sanctions imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for not following the Face Covering Order, which is why they’re reinstating masks in the district.