HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf announced his intention to let school districts modify or end the mask mandate for K-12 students in January. The administration plans to turn over decisions about masking to local school officials on Jan. 17. The acting health secretary’s mask mandate will remain in place for early learning programs and child care facilities. The Wolf Administration imposed a statewide mandate in early September, citing a surge in infections and hospitalizations from the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. Wolf said, “Now, we are in a different place than we were in September, and it is time to prepare for a transition back to a more normal setting.”