Cumberland Valley School District to move to masks-optional Jan. 17

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an outdated story. The Cumberland Valley School District has since updated their COVID policies and as of Jan. 19, masks are required at all CV schools. You can view that update here.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — One of the Midstate’s largest school districts considered changing its face mask policy at a meeting on Jan. 3.

Before the meeting, masks were required at Cumberland Valley School District (CVSD). Its health and safety plan mandates masks based on the amount of spread in Cumberland County.

However, the story is different Tuesday morning. The board voted 5-3 (with one abstention) to move to masks-optional beginning on Jan. 17, according to Tracy Panzer, communications specialist for CVSD. The decision was dependent on the previous two weeks’ case count.

After Jan. 17, counts will be reviewed on a rolling 14-day period on a building-by-building basis.

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The school board will consider two plans that would make masks optional unless there is a substantial amount of cases. It will be on a building-by-building basis.

If more than 2% of students in a school have tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks, masks will be required in the building. Sporting Hill Elementary School is the only school that did not hit that mark. All other schools in the district will require masks until Jan. 28.

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