Philadelphia pre-kindergarten students must wear masks all year

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Students and staff in Philadelphia must wear masks for the first 10 days of the school year, while pre-kindergarten students must mask-up all year — even while kids are extremely unlikely to be impacted by Covid.

Officials from the School District of Philadelphia  made the announcement in a letter to parents on Friday, Fox News reports.

Students and staff at the district’s Pre-K Head Start program will be required to wear a mask for the entire 2022-2023 school year, the letter said.

For most schools, masks will be optional after the first 10 days of the school year, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 9.

Should the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determine Covid community transmission level is high, students and staff will be required to wear masks in schools. When the level is medium, masks are “strongly recommended,” the letter said.

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