HARRISBURG (AP) – PA’s two statewide teachers unions are urging K-12 schools to require masks in school buildings, a measure that state officials have been encouraging, but have not mandated. The PA State Education Association and AFT Pennsylvania cite the threat of the highly contagious delta variant. Infections and hospitalizations are spiking across the state and nationally, including among children. PSEA President Rich Askey said that “masking up is essential to keeping in-person learning going all year.” The state Health Department is urging school districts to follow federal guidance and require masks for all students, teachers, and staff, but says a statewide mandate is not under discussion.

RICH ASKEY