EAST WHITELAND – West Chester Area School District Superintendent Jim Scanlon sent a rare Sunday missive to the community about wearing masks outdoors.
Scanlon included new guidelines from the Chester County Health Department: “Any staff or student participating in high-effort outdoor activities, including, but not limited to, athletics, exercise or recreational activities, is not required to wear masks when actively engaged in such activities.
As of Monday, May 10, students will no longer have to wear masks during outdoor recess, outside of physical education or outdoor sports classes, and any other outdoor activity that meets the department’s criteria. of health.
“We will continue to follow other mitigation strategies, including social distancing,” Scanlon wrote. “Every time health advice changes and we send an update, as administrators we know it will spark a range of emotions and reactions.
“Some will think this change is long overdue, while others will worry about their child’s safety. Certainly, if you want your child to continue to wear a mask outside, they are welcome to do so.
District staff worked long hours.
Scanlon said one thing is certain.
“Throughout all of this, our teachers and staff have been dedicated to the success of our students, and I know they will continue to give their all,” said Super. “We really care about each of our children, and nothing appeals to us more than watching them grow up and be successful. It has been a very difficult year, but we are here to support our students and each other.