No masks for Central York Students? Not without a physician sign-off and medical records


YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — There was a big change on Tuesday night in the mask policy at one Midstate school district.

Central York was not requiring a doctor’s note for a mask exemption. Now it is. This comes after a school board meeting Tuesday where members debated and heard public comments.

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The new measure requires the parent to provide proof of a physician, plus their child’s medical records showing why they are unable to mask up. 

Dr. Denise Johnson, physician general for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, says anyone who isn’t vaccinated should wear a mask. She adds that children who aren’t old enough to get the shot, should too. 

Johnson says it’s the right decision to require a doctor’s note, but there is not a lot of reasons why a child wouldn’t be able to wear one. 

Dr. Johnson said that one thing all sides on this issue can agree on is that kids should be in classrooms. 

The district has sent parents a new exemption form. Starting Thursday, they will need medical documentation from a doctor, which includes parents who were granted an exemption using the old form.

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