HARRISBURG – The PA Departments of Health and Education have issued updated guidance on when masks can be removed in a school setting. Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart or when wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task. Also, face coverings can be removed when students are at least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” which last no longer than 10 minutes. The order requiring universal face coverings in schools applies to all students, staff, and visitors age two and older while in school entities, including public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, and those in career and technical centers. It remains in effect until further notice. Those with a disability documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA will be exempt from the wearing of a face covering in school. The updated guidance can be found by clicking on the banner below.