Warren School Board Votes to Follow State’s Mask Mandate

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WARREN (Erie News Now ) – The Warren County School Board voted to follow the state’s mask mandate during a special meeting Friday morning. 

The school board reinstated its discipline policy for mask mandate violations while riding district transportation including buses. 

Members also rescinded the school district’s policy on mask exceptions. It had allowed parents to sign a waiver stating their child does not need to wear a mask in school without having to provide a medical waiver. 

During Friday’s meeting, the school board also voted to retain Burns White Attorneys at Law, which is based in Pittsburgh, as counsel. 

The meeting was scheduled after nine parents filed a lawsuit Monday against the school district over its optional mask policy. 

The following day, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring the school district to enforce Pennsylvania’s mask mandate unless parents can provide a medical excuse for their students. 

There will be an evidentiary and preliminary injunction hearing Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. 


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