Masks to be required in Philadelphia public schools for 10 days after winter break

The district one of the goals for the mask mandate is to maintain in-person learning.

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Students in the School District of Philadelphia will be required to wear masks for the first 10 days after winter break.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Students in the School District of Philadelphia will be required to wear masks for the first 10 days after winter break.

The mandatory masking will run from January 3 through January 13, 2023.

The district said this move is being made to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, and to maintain in-person learning.

The "General COVID-19 Protocol for the 2022-2023 School Year" calls for masking after extended breaks and holidays.

Kendra McDow, the medical officer for the School District of Philadelphia, told Action News in a recent interview that the district is continuing to keep its mitigation measures in place which include:

  • Masking for students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to school for day 6 to day 10 of illness
  • Students and staff who are exposed also need to mask
  • Encourage handwashing, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing
  • Hand sanitizer is provided in all buildings
  • If students and staff are feeling sick, it's recommended they stay home
  • All are encouraged to get COVID and flu vaccines
  • As for COVID testing, in-school testing is available for students who have consent on file.

    Testing is also available at these school-based locations Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • South Philadelphia High School 2101 S. Broad St.
  • Samuel Fels High School 5500 Langdon Street
  • Overbrook High School 5898 Lancaster Ave
  • MLK High School 6100 Stenton Ave.
  • Thomas Edison High School 151 West Luzerne Street
  • Students, staff and their families can pick up free over-the-counter at-home test kits at the above locations while supplies last.