HARRISBURG (AP) – A statewide mask mandate for PA schools is now in force. The state Health Secretary’s order took effect Tuesday and requires students, staff, and visitors at K-12 schools and child care facilities to wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate has provoked outrage from some parents, students, and school board members who say the decision should remain local. The board of one PA district flouted the mandate by voting to keep face coverings optional. Others are also pushing back. Meanwhile, GOP leaders in the PA House say they’re coming back to Harrisburg early to mount a legislative response to the mask mandate.