September 8, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians :
On August 31, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Acting Secretary of the PA Department of Health issued an order requiring masks to be worn inside all K-12 school buildings (public and private), as well as childcare facilities, in Pennsylvania beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
This order took effect when students returned to school on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
- All individuals upon entering The Glendale School District will be required to wear masks while indoors and on school transportation.
- At this time, the order does not apply to school sports or outdoor activities.
- Exceptions to the masking requirement are explicitly outlined in Section 3 of the order requiring masks.
Our teachers will be sure to provide students with socially distanced mask breaks throughout the day, and we will continue practicing other mitigation measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The District recognizes that this announcement brings relief to some and challenges for others. We ask that we join together to help keep our school community safe and our kids in school.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff are paramount in keeping our school buildings open. The district will continue to monitor the current situation on a daily basis and make decisions and changes as needed.
A difficult aspect of this recent change is non-compliance. Parents may request a mask exemption with proper documentation for an existing or pending medical condition. Also, parents can request access to our Viking Virtual Academy. Information is available on the school website or by calling the high school or elementary office.
A big change in this process is in regard to contact tracing of students. The new order states that students masked and deemed a close contact will not be required to quarantine if both parties were masked and observed three feet of social distancing. This is a positive development and will help us keep more students in attendance at Glendale.
We understand that this is an emotional issue for many and there is support for both sides of this issue. At this time, the district will support the current mandate as we monitor further information.
We appreciate the continued support and cooperation of parents, families and staff as we navigate this difficult matter.
Families that would need to request a medical exemption may use the following two-page form: Medical Exemption Form
For more information about the PA Department of Health’s order, please visit the Department of Education’s Frequently Asked Questions.
Edward G. DiSabato