PV school board to discuss health and safety plan tonight
PERKIOMEN VALLEY, PA – The Perkiomen Valley School Board is expected to discuss the district’s health and safety plan for the upcoming school year at its monthly business meeting today at 7 p.m.
The Montgomery County Central District said it plans to operate in person five days a week during the 2021-22 school year, but will offer a virtual education model for students if families are concerned. that their children be present in person due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The subject of face masks will likely be addressed by the board tonight, and the latest draft of its health and safety plan – the seventh version – shows that the wearing of the mask inside school buildings will be compulsory for all students. and the staff.
Wearing a mask outdoors will continue to be optional, although students must wear masks while on school buses in accordance with federal transportation guidelines.
The district health and safety plan says that students requesting an exemption from the masking requirements “must provide proof of a health problem or mental health problem from a certified health professional indicating the effects. harmful effects of wearing masks, ”reads the draft plan.
Many school districts in the area are revising their health and safety plans in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 in the region and the fact that Montgomery County health officials are now recommending that students be hidden inside.
The Pennsylvania state government stopped short of issuing a mandatory masking order for school students, leaving individual districts to make the decision instead. The reverse happened in New Jersey, where the governor of that state recently issued an order requiring all public school students to wear masks.
The agenda for tonight’s Perkiomen Valley School Board meeting is available here. The meeting will be held at the Perkiomen Valley High School Library and will also be broadcast on the district’s YouTube channel.