Philly superintendent says students will likely wear masks in fall

Mike DeNardo
April 24, 2020 - 11:44 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania schools are closed for the rest of the academic year, and there's no guarantee they'll reopen in the fall. 

But whenever they do, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite is “certain” face masks will be incorporated in classrooms.

In a teleconference with reporters, Hite said the district is just beginning to explore how social distancing could be established in school life. He said it's likely students will have to get used to wearing masks.

“In the governor's plan, it had the wearing of masks into late fall. So if that's the case, I'm almost certain that schools — if allowed to go back before then — we would be required to have children in masks,” he said.

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Hite said the district is looking at schools in Denmark as examples, since they have already returned to session with strict social distancing. 

He said schools would be among the last institutions to get the green light to reopen, so at least the district has time to plan.