Masks to be required in School District of Philadelphia for 10 days after winter break

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Students in the Philadelphia school district are required to wear masks for the first 10 days after winter break.

The mask requirement applies from January 3rd to 13th, 2023.

The district said the step is being taken 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 public holidays.

Kendra McDow, the Philadelphia school district medical officer, said in a recent interview with Action News that the district remains committed to its mitigation measures, including:

  • Masking for students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to school for days 6-10 of illness
  • Students and employees who are exposed must also mask themselves
  • Encourage hand washing and cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing
  • Hand sanitizer is provided in all buildings
  • If students and staff feel ill, they are advised to stay at home
  • Everyone is urged to get vaccinated against COVID and flu
  • Regarding COVID testing, tests are available at school for students who have consent.

    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 Rock High School 5500 Langdon Street
  • Overbrook High School 5898 Lancaster Ave
  • MLK High School 6100 Stenton Ave.
  • Thomas Edison High School 151 West Lucerne Street
  • Students, staff and their families can pick up free over-the-counter at-home testing kits at the above locations while supplies last.

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